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.

File looks OK. I only have a little more to prepare, just another millimetre with this file. You pass the file to length and “Click” – time slows, noise stops, you remove the file and it just doesn’t look the same. It’s 2mm shorter.

File seperation is an inherent risk in endodontics yet one we can take steps to avoid. The complication, while usually does not impact on the prognosis as deeply as we first assume, can be a costly, embarrassing and frustrating experience.

Dr Omar Ikram generously comes on the podcast to share his tips in avoiding this dreaded situation. While he may be the person who rescues your case, prevention is still better than a cure.

Tips to Takeaway for Tomorrow:

  • 3:00 – Perseverance is key to improving, Success is a poor teacher – we learn from out mistakes
  • 4:00 – Instrument selection – think tip size and taper not necessarily sequence (eg. X1, X2 ect)
  • 7:00 – Need more than one system if wanting to treat all teeth in your practice
  • 10:00 – Why do fractures happen?
  • 11:00 – Tips to avoid fractures: Reciprocating instruments, Glidepath, Variable Tapered Systems
  • 14:45 – Knowing what you’re doing and why vs. following a recipe

I know I learnt a lot in my chat with Omar, and really hope you do too. Let us know what you think about the new podcast!

Dr. Omar Ikram

Dr Omar Ikram was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and attained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery qualification from Otago University, Dunedin. During his training in Otago he was awarded the Craddock Prize and a distinction in removable prosthodontics. After graduation, Omar worked in private practice in New Zealand and then moved to London in the UK where he attained significant experience in endodontics.

In 2005 he completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and began specialist training in Endodontology at King’s College, London. His groundbreaking research at King’s, entitled ‘Micro-computed tomography of tooth tissue changes following root canal treatment and post space preparation’ was published in the International Endodontic Journal during his final year. This research has enabled him to lecture in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia.

Omar mentors new graduate dentists from all over Australia at the Sydney Dental Hospital, as well as treating patients on the New South Wales State waiting list. He practices at Specialist Endo Crows Nest and is the sole administrator for the Specialist Endo Crows Nest Facebook page; which features clinical tips for dental professionals that love or dread endodontics.

We got to know Omar a bit better.

Follow Dr Omar Ikram on social media for more Endo Tips!

Instagram – @specialistendo

Facebook – Specialist Endo Crows Nest – Clinical Hacks

Practice – Specialist Endo Crows Nest

Also, look out for more tips from Omar coming out on the “What I Wish I Knew” Podcast soon!

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