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The Role of the Dental Assistant in Endodontics (AGD 070)

Presenter: Steven Senia


This webinar is designed to familiarize the dental assistant with basic knowledge regarding the diagnosis, procedures used, and treatment of infected dental pulp and root canals. The role of the dental assistant as a team member in preparing the patient before, during and after endodontic treatment will be discussed.


Steven Senia graduated from Texas A&M University, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering.  After working as an engineer for John Deere he returned to earn a Master's Degree in Business Administration.  Drs. E. Steve Senia, William Wildey (endodontists) and Steven started a company called LightSpeed Technology Inc. (LTI) in 1993 manufacturing LightSpeed nickel-titanium rotary instruments, battery powered handpieces, SimpliFill obturators as well as other supplies required for endodontic treatment.   As President of LTI, Steven ran day-to day-operations until LTI was acquired by Discus Dental in 2006.  The LightSpeed line of endodontic products are currently manufacturered by Kerr Dental (formerly SybronEndo). Steven entered semi-retirement in 2013 and works as a part-time assistant for Dr. David Seguin (General Dentist) in San Antonio Texas.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Outline the need for endodontic treatment;
• Define what is a root canal;
• Describe the various symptoms that a patient may present with and what the possible meaning is for those symptoms;
• Describe how the diagnosis is determined;
• Explain the procedure to the patient;
• Explain terms that are frequently used in endodontics; and describe the importance of post-operative treatment that includes the placement of a final restoration (crown) and may include the need for a build-up prior to the placement of the final restoration.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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