Ove Peters, DMD, MS, PhD

 Ove Peters, DMD, MS, PhD

Ove Peters, DMD, MS, PhD

Saturday, April 14, 2012
1:30- 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dentists
OSAE Course
3 CE Credits

The Fundamentals and why They Still Matter: Advanced Endodontics for General Practitioners

Endodontic therapy rests on the foundation of technical and biological principles. The first part of this update will focus on new developments in material science for the fabrication of root canal instruments, while the second will detail recent progress in understanding periapical biology.

The clinical practice of endodontics is to a significant extent driven by technological advances, such as the introduction of the operating microscope, the apex locator, and digital radiography. However, no new product has been more relevant for clinicians than nickel-titanium files. This presentation will summarize in detail the most current developments in the light of significant marketing campaigns by various manufacturers.
On the other hand, the understanding of sound biological principles is equally important. Therefore, the focus of the second part of the presentation is on periapical biology. Intense ongoing biomedical research is spent to detail inflammatory responses and potential of healing and regeneration. After all, these are treatment outcomes that any clinician would like to see when a root canal treatment was performed!

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Detail current nickel-titanium rotary instrument designs
  • Describe metallurgical principles underlying superelasiticity
  • Correlate the use of rotary instruments with clinical outcomes
  • Critically appraise periapical diagnoses
  • Recommend biologically based treatments for periapical conditions


Dr. Peters received his degree in dentistry from the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1990, an MS in Oral Biology and a certificate in Endodontics from UCSF; he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.  Dr. Peters is currently Professor and Director of Endodontic Research in the Endodontic Department of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco and maintains a part time private practice in the Bay Area. His main scientific interests are topics in the clinical and biologic basis of endodontics. Dr. Peters has published more than 65 papers in peer-reviewed journals and lectured widely.