Pre-Conference Workshops

The TTEC 2020 Platinum Sponsors will host three optional pre conference workshops on Thursday 28 May 2020.  Bookings for these workshops are limited and available on the online registration system.

Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 0900-1300
Venue: The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Cost: Included for all full registrations (includes morning tea)


workshop 1 – When Less is More: Conservative Endodontics utilising TruNatomy Files

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Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 0900 – 1300
Location: Meeting Room 1, Level 4, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Cost: Included in full delegate registrations (including morning tea)
Maximum Bookings: 20

Speaker: Dr David Barnard

Dr David Barnard is an Endodontist in private practice at Castle Hill, Sydney. He is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Sydney, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and a visiting Dental Officer at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health. David is also a regular presenter at ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development and a Past President of the Australian Society of Endodontology (NSW branch).

Workshop details…

This course is for experienced clinicians who are ready to fine-tune their techniques with new instruments designed specifically to preserve more natural anatomy. In addition, concepts for executing conservative preparations which still encourage appropriate cleaning and obturation will be presented. Time will be set aside for hands-on exercises designed to familiarise the attendee with cutting edge concepts and instruments.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this course, the participant will:

  • Understand how advancements in metallurgy have allowed tried and true instrument designs to evolve and become more flexible as well as more resistant to fatigue factors.
  • Be able to apply instruments with advanced metallurgy to nearly any clinical situation that may present itself following a pre-set sequence of sizes.
  • Understand the attributes of various irrigating solutions used to combat bacteria.
  • How to obturate the conservative shapes created by TruNatomy Files

PLEASE NOTE: For optimal learning experience please bring along an extracted tooth 26 with access to cavity.


workshop 2 – Successful Endodontics with Prof Gianluca Gambarini & Dr James A. Wealleans

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Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 0900 – 1300
Location: Meeting Room 2 , Level 4, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Cost: Included in full delegate registrations (included morning tea)
Maximum Bookings: 20

Speaker: Prof Gianluca Gambarini

Professor Gianluca Gambarini has authored more than 450 scientific articles and lectured all over the world (more than 440 presentations). During his academic career, Prof Gambarini gained many awards and recognition, and was responsible for many scientific projects with national and international grants. Prof Gambarini has focused his interests on endodontic materials and techniques. He is also actively cooperating as a consultant to develop new technologies, operative procedures and materials for root canal treatment. Prof Gambarini is currently the Chairman of Clinical Practice Committee of the European Society of Endodontics and still maintains a private practice limited to Endodontics in Rome, Italy.

Speaker: Dr James A. Wealleans

Dr. James A. Wealleans is originally from Christchurch New Zealand, he is married and has 2 children.  In 2006 James graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A year later he completed an Advanced General Dentistry Residency in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2010, Dr. Wealleans graduated Endodontic Residency from the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas. James is an American Board-Certified Endodontist, an accomplishment that only 20% of in the specialty obtain. Dr. Wealleans served as the Director of Endodontic Residency Training and Education from 2013-2018 at the Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. James has held teaching appointments as Associate Professor with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Assistant Professor with University of Texas Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Wealleans has authored over 10 published research papers and serves as a scientific advisor for the Journal of Endodontics. In 2017 James invented guided endodontic microsurgery, which he holds 2 US patents. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2018, after serving 20 honorable years in the Air Force, James retired as a Lt. Colonel. Recently, Dr. Wealleans moved to Sydney where he devotes his time practicing endodontics on Sydney’s Northshore and the Central Coast.

Workshop details…

Endodontically treated teeth are more prone to fracture is largely due to the structural loss during the shaping phase of endodontic treatment. There are also other causes of increased fracture incidence in root filled teeth . Irrigants, medicaments as well as restorative procedures should also be taken in account. Root canal therapy requires effective shaping in order to facilitate irrigation and disinfection of the canals. This should be done in such a conservative manner that the structural integrity of the tooth is respected and dentine is preserved where possible.
Design Features of modern Endodontic files have departed from large flute diameters we have grown accustomed to. Most of the popular instruments had a Max flute diameter of approximately 1.2mm. The manufacturing of the latest instruments begins with a much smaller initial wire blank (0.8mm diameter) Recall a Gates Glidden #4 is 1.10mm. The post-grind thermal treatments have been further refined to produce more flexibility.
In this Hands on Course you will have the opportunity to use files which have optimised for thermal transition states above 37 degrees – critical for accurate 3D instrumenting of complex anatomy. Files that have principally Austenitic metal structures at body temperature are very susceptible to unpredictable separation events.

Learning Objectives:

  • Shaping and Irrigation strategies (that retain 50% more dentine)
  • Inherent safety of Martensite in shaping complex curvatures
  • How to Obturate minimally invasive preps
  • Understand ‘Line-Angle’ access entry
  • Understand the increased safety of using double conical Tip design
  • Understand speed and torque when using Martensitic instruments

Tips and Tricks
As well as the above you will be working with two great clinical educators who will enlighten you to many of the techniques to get around some of the most perplexing endo challenges. They both (as well as research contributions) run private clinical practices.

Limited places available and you are encouraged to bring extracted teeth with access cavities.


workshop 3 – The Ledermix Materials – Scientifically-based Indications for their Use in Everyday Dentistry

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Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 0900 – 1300
Location: Meeting Room 4 , Level 4, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Cost: Included in full delegate registrations (including morning tea)
Maximum Bookings: 40

Speaker: Prof. Paul V. Abbott AO

BDSc, MDS, FRACDS(Endo), FPFA, FADI, FICD, FACD, FIADT

Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist and works in private practice on a part-time basis. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist endodontic practice in Perth and Melbourne. He was Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has presented over 800 lectures and courses in 43 countries. He has published over 180 articles in refereed journals and 23 textbook chapters. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for service to the dental profession, particularly in education and research. In 2015, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia

Workshop details…

Ledermix Paste and Ledermix Cement have been used clinically for over 58 years with numerous research papers and clinical studies to support their efficacy and usefulness. The major components of these materials are a corticosteroid and an antibiotic – hence, their indications for use should be based on these components. The major use for Ledermix Paste in root canal treatment is to reduce inflammation (and thereby reduce or avoid pain) and to manage inflammatory resorption. It can also be used to manage infected canals, particularly if used in conjunction with calcium hydroxide. Ledermix Cement is an extremely useful material for conservative pulp treatments such as pulp capping and pulpotomies. Its short-term anti-inflammatory action combined with the beneficial effects of the cement base components (i.e. calcium hydroxide and zinc oxide-eugenol) make it an ideal material for these procedures. This session will discuss the scientific basis for the use of Ledermix Paste and Ledermix Cement as well as providing clinical guidelines for when and how to use them.

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