Short courses


Endodontics: Modern Preparation and Obturation Techniques

  • 13 hours
  • 2 days
  • 27 Jun 2024


This two-day CPD course will give you an introduction to contemporary canals preparation and obturation techniques.

You'll gain an understanding of the limitations of each technique, enabling you to plan endodontic procedures effectively. This will help reduce levels of operator stress while optimising the technical standard of your root fillings.

You'll be able to apply your knowledge to correctly select those endodontic cases where you can use preparation and obturation techniques

The combination of seminars, demonstrations and hands-on preparation will help you incorporate ideas and techniques into your everyday practice.

The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.

Course content

Day 1

By the end of day 1 you'll have an understanding of following:

  • Case pre-selection
  • Hand instrumentation using the Step Down technique
  • The application of a simplified single instrument technique
  • The application of ProTaper Next™
  • How to use the X-Smart™ Plus Endodontic Motor

Day 2

By the end of day 2 you'll have an understanding of the following:

  • The cold lateral compaction technique (advantages and disadvantages, and customising the master cone)
  • Heated techniques (intra-canal, extra-canal and thermoplastic), including pre-coated carrier techniques: advantages and drawbacks
  • The availability of various sealers and their characteristics
  • GP and resin-based obturation
  • Post-hole preparation
  • Hands-on obturation using the Calamus System and GuttaCore techniques

    Who this course is for

    This course is aimed at dentists at any stage of their career, including:

    • established dentists who want to refresh their knowledge and skills in new techniques
    • young dentists who want to build their abilities in endodontics

    You'll normally need to hold an approved dental qualification.

    Structure and teaching

    The course is taught through a combination of interactive seminars, practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

    Preparation: day 1 (all day)

    You'll prepare four plastic blocks - one using your own technique, one using Step Down, one using WaveOne and one using the ProTaper Next.

    You'll use these blocks for obturation on day 2 of the course. 

    Obturation: day 2 (morning session)

    You'll obturate the plastic blocks that were prepared the previous day using continuous wave compaction (downpack) and backfilling of gutta percha, as well as using GuttaCore technique.

    Case discussion: day 2 (afternoon session)

    By the end of the afternoon you'll have an understanding of the correct application of the above techniques through the use of real patient cases.

    CPD points and certificate

    You'll earn 13 hours of verifiable CPD and will receive a certificate of attendance.

    Quality controls

    All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


    Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

    Course team

    Dr Vipul Kataria

    Dr Vipul Kataria

    Vipul is a Specialist in Endodontics. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 2000 and then completed a 3-year Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies, and his Diploma for the Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. Following this, he spent a year completing his UCL Eastman Restorative Certificate. This further ignited his interest in endodontics which led to a Master's in Endodontics. Since 2008, Vipul has limited his practice to endodontics, accepting referrals from colleagues from all over the south east of England, including his previous appointment in Harley Street.

    Learner reviews

    "[There was] masses of information, loads of papers to back up statements, and a good amount of repetition to make sure the knowledge was clear. Excellent!"

    Course information last modified: 27 Oct 2023, 12:33