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Dr Omar Ikram

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Omar was born in Christchurch New Zealand and attained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Otago in 1997. After working in private practice in Christchurch, he moved to London U.K, where he worked in public, National Health Service and private dental practices, gaining extensive experience in endodontics, emergency and restorative dentistry. After completing his Fellowship for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, he began specialist training in Endodontology at King's College London. During the final year of specialist training his Masters thesis entitled: 'Micro-computed tomography of tooth tissue volume changes following root canal treatment and post space preparation.' was published in the International Endodontic Journal.

He then moved to Sydney, Australia where he established his private practice in Crows Nest called Specialist Endo Crows Nest. Which focused on providing specialist dentistry for patients and educating dentists via in person courses and social media.

In 2019 he was inducted into the International College of Dentists, for his work with the global dental community.

During 2021 he became a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard academy and co-developed Endoprep a free smart phone app for dentists designed to improve worldwide standards in endodontics.

Dentist Programme

Treatment of Endodontic pain

Pain from pulpal disease is the most common dental emergency. This means every dentist needs to know how to treat root canal disease. There are many tips and tricks to treating what can be a stressful condition for both the treating dentist and the patient. This lecture will discuss how we can use our diagnostic skills to help aid us in treating pulpal disease, quickly and efficiently. It will also cover tips on using common medications and the role of antibiotics in combatting pulpal disease.

Dentist Programme

Endo versus implants - when to root treat and when to replace?

The decision of whether to root canal retreat a tooth or remove and replace this with a dental implant is a constant dilemma for many clinicians. Both treatment options have similar success and survival rates when appropriate case selection is adhered to. This lecture will cover concepts of how improved imaging and use of an evidence base can aid in making case selection the focus of whether to root canal retreat a tooth or replace it can be made.

Dentist Programme

Calcified canals, what tools do we have in our arsenal

Calcification of the root canal is the pulp’s natural defence against a perceived threat. It is the reason why the pulp can survive bacterial insult via caries, cracks and restorative procedures. However, the downside is that often calcification is incomplete and means that when pulp necrosis occurs, root canal treatment becomes more difficult. Even upper anterior teeth, which many clinicians consider simple cases are at risk of calcification due to the risk of trauma. The second mesio-buccal canal in upper molars is a narrow canal and most at risk of calcification over time. In these TWO lectures tips for location, negotiation and the equipment required to achieve clinical excellence when treating calcified canals will be discussed. There will also be description of a novel technique created by the speaker to reduce use of hand files when treating these cases.