Course Title

Endo Symposium: Modern Endodontics

Friday, September 29, 2017
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Presenter Topics

Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD
Endodontic Canal Preparation

Renato Silva, DDS, MS, PhD
Endodontics: The Art of Saving Teeth

David Jaramillo, DDS
Microbiology and Irrigation of the Root Canal System

Scott R. Makins, DDS, MS

CBCT Imaging in Endodontic Practice

Course Description

Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD
There are a staggering number of mechanical systems available for endodontic canal preparation. Since the advent of NiTi, each new generation of shaping files has been launched with optimism for greater success. Dr. Ruddle will describe state-of-the-art file systems that utilize the most proven design features from the past, coupled with the most recent technological advances currently available. This presentation will focus on techniques utilized to clinically improve safety, efficiency, and simplicity when shaping canals. Emphasis will be placed on creating minimally invasive shapes that promote 3-D disinfections and filking root canal systems.

Renato Silva, DDS, MS, PhD

Modern Endodontics requires the ability to make a precise diagnosis and efficiency during root canal cleaning/shaping and obturation procedures. This course is designed to provide practical clinical experience in performing root canal treatment and to prepare the professional for the management of patients with pulpal and periradicular disease. Problem-solving skills, critical-thinking, and the use of rotary instruments, apex locators, microscope, thermoplasticized obturation techniques, MTA and bioceramic sealers, radiology and CBCT scan will be emphasized throughout the course.

David Jaramillo, DDS

By means of SEM, the necrotic root canal system is explored. Visualization of bacterial colonies is possible due to SEM technology. The root canal system is reviewed in a 3-D approach in order to present the different anatomical variables that exist. Root canal irrigation is essential along with mechanical root canal preparation in order to remove biofilms from inside the root canal system.


Scott R. Makins, DDS, MS

CBCT imaging has become an important resource in the diagnostic and treatment realms of Endodontics. Establishing a sequential technique for reviewing scan volumes and recording image findings is essential. Having an understanding of the strengths and short comings of CB imaging allows the practitioner to obtain maximum benefit from this imaging modality for appropriate patients. Course content will include clinical applications supported by current scientific literature.



Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD

  • Understand the mechanical and biological objectives for preparing canals
  • Identify the design features associated with each generation of shaping files
  • Understand active irrigation and its role in promoting 3-D disinfection.

Renato Silva, DDS, MS, PhD

  • Describe a practical method that combines cleaning, shaping and root canal obturation technques

  • Understand and explore new techniques for a better treatment outcome which include but are not limited to CBCT scan, apex locators, warm vertical condensation, microscopes, etc.

David Jaramillo, DDS

  • The presence and importance of Biofilms inside the root canal system

  • Recognize importance of its removal

  • Described the different irrigations techniques used in the root canal therapy


Scott R. Makins, DDS, MS

  • Understand patient selection criteria
  • Develop a systematic method for scan volume review and reporting
  • Recognize artifacts that affect image interpretation
  • Become familiar with associated ethical and medicolegal responsibilities
  • Gain awareness of current scientific literature concerning CBCT use in Endodontics.


About the Presenter(s)


Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD, is internationally recognized as a leading expert in all aspects of clinical endodontics. He is acclaimed for providing superb endodontic education through his teachings, clinical articles, training manuals and multimedia products. He is the founder and director of Advanced Endodontics®, an international educational source in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Ruddle created the world's first private microendodontic simulation training center in 1989 and has trained several thousand dentists microscope-assisted endodontic techniques. He is well-known for his ability to empower colleagues and motivate clinicians towards their full potential. Additionally, Dr. Ruddle maintains a private practice limited to endodontics in Santa Barbara.



Renato M. Silva, DDS, MS, PhD, , received his DDS from the University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1994. Dr. Silva received his certificate in Endodontics from the same University in Brazil and also from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Silva received his Masters (2002) and his PhD (2006) in Oral Sciences from University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From 2006 to 2009, he completed his post doctorate training in Human Molecular Genetics and also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silva is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Endodontics, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Silva has also edited a textbook about Endodontic retreatment and has published several peer-reviewed articles in the field of Endodontics and human genetics. He also maintains a faculty practice limited to Endodontics.




David E. Jaramillo, DDS, is an associate professor in the Department of Endodontics at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Jaramillo was in private endodontic practice from 1990 to 2004, when he joined the faculty of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. He saw patients in the faculty practice and served as an associate professor, endodontics clinic director, and course director in endodontics for the International Dentist Program, and he was a researcher at the Center for Dental Research. He is also a former clinical assistant professor of endodontics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While at USC, Dr. Jaramillo actively participated in research at the Center for Biofilms, where he learned scanning electron microscopy and laser scanning microscopy while improving his knowledge of histological sectioning techniques. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed, published articles, and multiple book chapters, both in English and Spanish. Dr. Jaramillo has lectured for the International Federation of Endodontic Association and endodontic organizations in the US, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Spain.



Scott R. Makins, DDS, MS, is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and received his certificate in endodontics from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1983. He established his endodontic practice in College Station, Texas where he was the only endodontist in a one hundred mile radius. After ten years, he attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to study dental radiology, oral medicine and forensic dentistry in the Dental Diagnostic Science program. Upon completion of the program, he accepted a position at the Dental Branch in Houston teaching radiology. Later, he joined the endodontic faculty and spent the next fifteen years teaching and practicing endodontics. He returned to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed the advanced education program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology with the Master of Science degree in 2015. An invitation from the UTHealth School of Dentistry took Dr. Makins back to Houston where he serves as Director of the predoctoral program in endodontics. Dr. Makins is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He has and continues to serve as a reviewer, editorial board member and scientific advisor for the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology, the Texas Dental Journal and the Journal of Endodontics. Additionally, he has been actively involved in the American Dental Education Association, the American Association of Endodontists, the Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, the Texas Dental Association, the Brazos Valley District Dental Society and the Houston Academy of Endodontists.


Credit Hours

070 Endodontics - Lecture: Hours - 7

Time and Location

Check-in & Breakfast:
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch

MD Anderson Cancer Center 1 Mid Campus Building
7007 Bertner Avenue
Houston, TX 77030
3rd Floor Ballroom
Parking Garage is attached to Building.


Skywalk located on the 5th floor of the garage

Use Skywalk to enter MD Anderson Cancer Center 1 Mid Campus Building

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Registration Information

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