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A review of the principles and techniques used to effectively shape and clean the root canals system

2nd October 2019 at 20:00 GMT+1


The aim of this webinar is to provide the audience with an overview of the challenges involved in shaping and disinfecting the root canal system. This follows on from the first webinar presented by Dr Philpott which described the importance of the correct access cavity design. Having located the canal orifices techniques will be described that will secure the length of the root canal to the apical terminus. A review of nickel titanium rotary and reciprocating instruments will be described.

Periapical disease is one of microbial origin and therefore the second part of this presentation will define the endodontic biofilm and the challenges the presents in attempting to disinfect the root canal system providing a favourable environment within the periapical tissues that will facilitate bony healing.

Learning Objectives

  • To be confident in locating the pupal floor and canal orifices
  • To understand the principles and creation of the glide path
  • To be able to use an EAL to record working length
  • To be familiar with nickel titanium designs features and the principles of rotary and reciprocating techniques
  • To acknowledge the complexity of root canal infection and be familiar with effective techniques used to disinfect the root canal system


Dr Carol M E Tait, BDS Hons, MSc, MFDS RCSEd, MRD RcSEng, FDS RCPSGlas, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Endodontology University of Dundee.

Dr Carol Tait graduated with honours from Dundee University in 1987 and worked in general practice before returning to academia. She obtained a research Master’s degree in Endodontics from the University of Stellenbosch in 1998 and then became a Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Endodontics at the University of Dundee where she completed her specialist endodontic training in 2004.

Since then she has combined specialist practice at Edinburgh Dental Specialists with undergraduate teaching at the University of Dundee and more recently has become the Programme Lead for a taught Masters in Endodontics course which she delivers four days a week.

Her research interests are the microbiology of the endodontic biofilm and the biocompatibility endodontic materials and clinically she enjoys any challenging case!

Carol is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and London and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow without examination. She is an examiner for the Edinburgh Royal College and external examiner at other institutions in the UK.


This will be made available to RCSEd Fellows, Members and Affiliates following the live webinar on 2nd October 2019.


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