All things endodontics

31 May 2023

Alyn Morgan looks back at the 2023 British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS).

The British Endodontic Society (BES) was delighted to attend the 2023 British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS). The two-day event saw colleagues coming together to expand their knowledge of dentistry, with many interested in learning more about endodontics, and the BES.

In the exhibition, the BES stand was busy, with delegates looking to learn more about endodontic practice, and the benefits of becoming a member of the BES. This was a fantastic opportunity for members of the BES to come together, to discuss new developments in endodontics, and for delegates to become members of the BES.

An opportunity to educate

In the Specialty Interest Theatre, the BES was represented by three fantastic speakers. Satnam Singh Virdee, Daniel Vaz de Souza, and president of the British Endodontic Society, Alyn Morgan, presented sessions which aimed to educate delegates about providing quality endodontic care, with topics including boosting longevity, a multidisciplinary approach, and when to refer.

Satnam’s session, ‘The multidisciplinary interface of endodontics’, described the benefits of including the entire dental team in decision-making for root canal treatment. This encouraged endodontists to seek the advice of specialists to ensure that the cause of orofacial pain is diagnosed before root canal treatment is carried out, and to ensure that any other treatments are undertaken at the right time.

Daniel’s lecture, ‘Root canal treatment outcomes: boosting longevity’, focused on maximising the survival of root canal-treated teeth. Daniel acknowledged that removal of tooth structure significantly reduced the life of the tooth, and recommended that if a clinician is not confident, it may be better to refer the patient to an expert. He explored the importance of root canal disinfection, recommending agitation as deep as possible for thorough results. Daniel also explored the risks presented by contaminated equipment, materials and PPE, as this can affect the success of the treatment.

Alyn’s session, ‘Decision making in endodontics’, delved into the main issues faced by dentists when carrying out root canal treatment. This sparked discussions about when is best to refer a patient and the risks of attempting to carry out root canal treatment when they are not confident. Additionally, Alyn made recommendations as to effective methods and techniques for completing effective root canal treatment. He highlighted the importance of effective treatment planning, with a focus on a systematic approach which makes thorough irrigation a priority. Delegates flocked to the exhibition stand following the lecture to continue the discussion and learn more about the BES.

The society was thrilled to meet so many delegates to discuss all things endodontics and discuss the benefits of joining the BES.


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