Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

We’ve all had situations where we simply didn’t have the time to remove the entire restoration or we simply assumed the filling and thus tooth underneath was sound for endodontics. But is this really the best way to proceed?

We learn Dr Pat Caldwell’s experience in with this and how it really is a crucial step to your endodontic workflow. Pat goes through his workflow and really lays out the best way to start your endodontics out the right way.


Dr. Pat Caldwell

Patrick Caldwell is a registered specialist in Endodontics. He graduated in Dentistry with Honours from the University of Queensland in 1998 and then went on to work for the Royal Australian Navy, both ashore and at sea. During this time he undertook advanced training in restorative dentistry and in 2002 sat examinations and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

In 2003 Patrick began a three year, full-time training program in endodontic therapy and microsurgery, graduating with a Masters of Dental Science in Endodontics.  He has since gone on to complete additional advanced training, graduating with a Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Implant Dentistry.

In 2006, he returned to work with the Royal Australian Navy and was also engaged as a Visiting Specialist at the Sydney Dental Hospital. In 2009 Patrick moved to Shanghai, China where he was the only Endodontist in a city of 21 million people.

Pat now runs the EndoSpot Skills School and works in private practice on the Sunshine Coast.


If you’re a dental student or graduate, here are 4 ways I can help you transition to private practice.

  1. Download the 10 Tips to Successfully Transition to Private Practice – This is a culmination of the things i’ve learnt over the years that I think are worth considering for all grads. I’ve included reference links throughout.
  2. Check Out The 4Sight Dental On Demand Webinar – We cover communication, getting a job and excelling in that job with Dr Omid Azami, Dr Jesse Green and myself!
  3. Find the CPD you need on CPD Junkie – Australia’s most comprehensive CPD Database, exclusive discounts and content.
  4. Clarify your goals, vision and lessons with the 4Sight Dental Journal – In fact you can get this and the webinar for 50% off! Use the code ‘DHS2020’

AORTA Australia

Go To https://aortaaustralia.com.au/ for your free Handbook

Alignment of teeth has revolutionised our ability to provide minimally invasive cosmetic treatment for our patients.

But how do you learn the tips, tricks and secrets to getting predictable long term outcomes for your aligner patients?

AORTA Australia was developed by Dr John Hagiliassis and Dr George Abdelmalek to help bridge the gap and assist you in your aligner therapy outcomes.

This is an ideal first step for those wanting to embark on their aligner journey.

Go to www.aortaaustralia.com.au and start with their online foundations course to get your journey going!


ARIA Dental Education

Want to learn dental implants or sugical extractions? Want hands on experience?

ARIA Dental Education have released their 2021 courses and are offering live patient hands on experience to help you place your first implant. With an exclusive deal via CPD Junkie, you can get an additional 5% off the already discounted early bird pricing.

Limited places available. Lock in your discount and place your first Implant now!


CPD Junkie

How do you find CPD? It is such a difficult task, with courses listed here and there but you never know you’ve seen them all.

Until Now.

www.cpdjunkie.com.au has been created to provide all Dental CPD in the one place. Search by keyword, date, discipline, location, speaker or organiser – however you want to find it, you can.

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Including a template to use to maximise every CPD dollar you spend!

The Dental Head Start Podcast is for students and new graduates. We interview successful dentists and specialists to uncover the tips, tricks and advice to help you transition from dental school to private practice successfully.

If you like this content then I ask just one thing of you; share this with a friend who will benefit from this and help us help more students and new grads!

David is a recent graduate dentist working in private practice in regional NSW, Australia. Read more at www.dentalheadstart.com/meet-david/

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