TN Academy of General Dentistry



Dr. Bernice Ko

About Dr. Ko

Dr. Bernice Ko received her DDS and her postgraduate training in Hospital Dentistry and Endodontics at UCLA. Dr. Ko is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and is the Assistant Director of the UCLA AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry). She was a Clinical Educator with the Section of Endodontics, Special Patient Care and AEGD at UCLA. Dr. Ko was the former Director of the UCLA Postdoctoral Endodontics Program and was the Course Director of the UCLA Endodontic Continuum Lecture and Hands-on Workshop.

Dr. Ko is a paid consultant for KaVo Kerr. The opinions expressed in this course are those of Dr. Ko. KaVo Kerr is a medical device manufacturer and does not dispense medical advice. Clinicians should use their own professional judgement in treating their patients.

Course topic
Problem Solving Essentials in Endodontics for the General Dentists

The lecture and hands-on presentation will focus on endodontic troubleshooting modalities relevant for the general dentists in their day-to-day practice. This session will focus on a simplified approach from the beginning to the completion of endodontic treatment. A basic systematic approach will be discussed with microscopic images and for an enhanced and comprehensive learning experience. The hands on workshop utilizes step-by step video demonstration and 3D printed tooth and is designed to enhance clinician’s practical skills.

Upon completion of the course, the participant will have a better understanding and clinical skills to address the following:

– Emergency Endodontic Diagnosis with absence of a radiographic lesion
– Referred Pain Phenomenon and its diagnostic dilemma
– Addressing Pain to Temperature on an “endodontically-treated tooth”
– Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Endodontic-Periodontal Lesion
– Cone Beam-Computed Tomography (CBCT) application in Endodontics
– Microscopes / Other Magnification Devices application in Endodontics
– Clinical and Radiographic Assessment of Root Cracks or Fractures
– Prevention of Coronal and Root Perforations
– Dentinal Map Interpretation to locate MB2 – secondary canals
– Troubleshooting Tips for the use of Apex Locators
– Straight Line Access with Crown-down Root Canal Preparation
– Create a Glide Path efficiently particularly in calcified canals
– Learn Advanced NiTi Rotary Instrumentation
– Management of Calcified / Curve Canals and Isthmuses
– Learn Simplified and Accurate Gutta Percha Fitting Protocol
– Learn Warm Vertical Condensation using the Continuous Wave Technique
– Minimize Underfills and Overfills during the Obturation Process
– Esthetic benefits with Intracoronal Bleaching Treatment


September 30-October 1, 2022 – 8:00AM – 5:00PM

October 2, 2022 – 8:00AM – 12:00PM


Interfaith Dental Clinic
600 Hill Ave

Nashville, TN 37210

Total credit with completion of homework 40 hours participation credit:

070. Endodontics. 30 hours
010. Basic Science. 5 hours
340. Pharmacology. 5 hours

For those not completing homework:

070. Endodontics. 16 hours. Participation
010. Basic Science. 2 hours lecture
340. Pharmacology. 2 hours lecture

The TNAGD is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2023.

Provider ID# 219327