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Welcome to the Northern Virginia Dental Society!

Founded in 1931, the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) is the largest of eight component societies of the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association with over 1,4​00 local member dentists including specialists.

NVDS Speaker - Meza

NVDS CE PROGRAM – “Improving Molar Endodontics with Flexible Niti Files and Cone Beam Computed Tomography" Dr. Meza

  • Fri, Mar 08, 2024 | 8:30 AM - Fri, Mar 08, 2024 | 4:30 PM
  • Location: Northern Virginia Dental Clinic
  • Contact: Erin Matlock
  • Email: ematlocki@nvds.org
  • Phone: 703/642-5298

A Unique Members-Only Educational & Hands-On, Live Patient Event

Lottery Registration is now closed and no additional attendees will be added
Participants have been notified by email

 

24 participants will be chosen via a lottery as space is limited. Participants must volunteer at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic for 8 hours (1 full day or 2 half days) by Dec. 2024.
Questions? Email Libby Ross at Lross@nvds.org

LECTURE AND HANDS-ON SESSION
Friday, March 8, 2024 (24 Participants)
Registration: 8:00-8:15 am
Program: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Full-Day In-Person Course 
6 CE Credit Lecture Hours

LIVE PATIENT SESSIONS
Friday, March 15, 2024  (12 Participants)
Friday, April 5, 2024  (12 Participants)
Registration: 8:00-8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Full-Day In-Person Course 
6 CE Credit Live Patient Hours

Each participant will be assigned to only one live patient session. If selected, you must participate in both the lecture and your assigned live patient date.

SYNOPSIS:

Advances in metals and efficiency in root canal treatment have come a long way in the past 10 years. More flexible endodontic files available today are capable of negotiating tighter and curved canals with greater ease. The increased flexibility of files and additional modes of operation including continuous and reciprocating rotations allow for a more predictable instrumentation of the canal with less unwanted effects of ledging and transportation. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is more prevalent in general and specialty dental offices today. CBCT offers many advantages in terms of more dimensions, diagnosis, treatment planning decisions, and surgical planning; all of which may decrease treatment time and enhance the patient and practitioner experience and relationship. Participants in this course will gain appreciation in learning to use various Niti file systems and techniques to tackle molar root canal treatment. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the need for loupes and the usefulness of pre-op CBCT imaging in endodontics.

Detailed look at reading CBCT images for root canal treatment and diagnosis. Detailed description of endodontic technique for endodontic access, finding canals, and using continuous and reciprocating file systems. Root Canal treatment emphasizing efficiency with fewer files. Importance of using magnification during root canal procedure (participants must bring their own loupes and light source). Patient safety during root canal procedure. Review of local anesthetic techniques including difficult-to-numb teeth. Infection and pain management of pre- and post-root canal treatment. Provide a hands-on live patient root canal procedure experience.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • Detailed look at reading CBCT images for root canal treatment and diagnosis.
  • Detailed description of endodontic technique for endodontic access, finding canals, and using continuous and reciprocating file systems.
  • Root Canal treatment emphasizing efficiency with fewer files.
  • Importance of using magnification during root canal procedure (participants must bring their own loupes and light source).
  • Patient safety during root canal procedure.
  • Review of local anesthetic techniques including difficult-to-numb teeth.
  • Infection and pain management of pre- and post-root canal treatment.
  • Provide a hands-on live patient root canal procedure experience.

ABOUT THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Fernando Meza is a 2002 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is the recipient of the Dentsply-sponsored Student Clinician Award. Dr. Meza received his Certificate in Endodontics from Temple School of Dentistry in 2004 and during residency conducted research on the Biolase Waterlase All-Tissue Laser to explore the disinfecting capabilities of the laser on bacterially infected root canal systems. His research led to a publication on the Waterlase in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2007. He has been practicing endodontics in Northern Virginia since 2004. He has been an active member and officer of the Northern Virginia Dental Society where he also helped to organize community outreaches, such as the MOM Project, to serve the underprivileged. He served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Endodontics on the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 2005 to 2017. Dr. Meza has also lectured nationally and internationally and provided in-office training to endodontists throughout the USA and Canada.


The Northern Virginia Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. See each course description for the number of continuing education credits designated by the Northern Virginia Dental Society. 

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