I know what it’s like to be a frequent patient.
And that’s what makes me a passionate dentist.
I’m Sonia Chopra, DDS, and I’m the ultimate dental patient.
Born without eight teeth, I’m no stranger to the dentist’s office.
You name it, I’ve experienced it.
Fillings. Root canals. Extractions. Braces. Implants. Bridges. Veneers. Grafts.
But it wasn’t until I was confronted with agonizing pain in my mouth that my path towards endodontics began.
A pesky toothache became a dental crisis. And my turning point.
I was born without 8 teeth and was no stranger to dental issues as a child. All that time getting used to the dentist’s chair meant I was born to become a dentist, myself. The summer after my high school graduation, I had a number of dental procedures to ensure I could go to college with a full set of teeth. I left with something else, too: pain on my lower left side. It became more and more unbearable, and I began seeing more and more doctors.
After being misdiagnosed and having an uninfected tooth mistakenly extracted,
I finally was referred to a caring endodontist.
He determined I’d cracked my tooth, causing the nerve to die and the tooth to abscess. Patiently explaining everything along the way, he performed the root canal I had so desperately been needing for months.
He saved my tooth and taught me the importance of endodontics.
I wanted to know more about the procedure and share what I learned with others, so I dove back into my college studies, applied for dental school and became an endodontist. I quickly realized that my experience stemmed from many dental schools’ frantic need to cover a huge amount of information in a short amount of time, leaving the finer points of endodontics for later — a later that never comes.
The result, for me, was a series of misdiagnoses that left me in unimaginable pain. Most of my doctors simply didn’t realize that a root canal could save my badly infected tooth. And because I knew other patients suffered just as I had, I wanted to make a difference for patients and providers everywhere.
Setting my dream into motion, I opened my own practice.
“I see my story in patients every day.”
Like the endodontist who saved my abscessed tooth, I’ve made patient education a cornerstone of my practice. I make certain my patients are active players in their dental health, and their gratitude is off the charts.
It’s been a decade now, and I’ve spent that time relieving patients’ pain and saving teeth that others have given up on.
I’m a teacher – for patients, residents and my dental community. It’s my way of giving back.
If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that endodontics matters to everyday dentistry. Being an incredible general dentist who has loyal, happy patients means making the right calls when it comes to diagnoses, referrals, and treatments.
Welcome to my endodontic-focused community for dentists just like you — who are seeking to perfect your skills, improve your practice, and enhance your patient care.
Click on each module for more details.
Module 1: Diagnosis
Before you can treat, refer, or make recommendations, every case starts with a diagnosis. This module will help you tweak your current diagnostic protocol to make the best decisions for your patients.
- Improved diagnostic protocol you can use on every new or emergency patient — starting now.
- The number one most important step to achieving a proper diagnosis.
- How making the right diagnosis (and understanding it) shapes your treatment process.
- How your interpretation of tests can make or break your diagnosis — and the valuable tests you may be forgetting.
- How to break down your patients’ diagnosis to help them understand what’s happening inside their mouth (and why this matters for your bottom line).
Module 2: Pain Management & Antibiotics
Ask any patient what makes for a great dentist. They won’t think about your degrees, certifications, or even prices. Instead, they’ll judge you by your ability to keep them relatively pain-free and ensure successful outcomes. That’s why this module is so vital to your reputation, your relationship with your patients, and the success of your practice.
- The number one key to proper pain management, so you can keep your patients happy.
- The different types of pain and how listening to your patients will help you identify how to proceed.
- When to give antibiotics and/or pain medication, and when not to, so you always prescribe the correct treatment.
- Which anesthetic techniques will ensure great patient reviews and make root canals easy for everyone.
- How to ensure an easier postoperative recovery for your patients so they’re pleasantly surprised by how well their procedures go.
- What to tell patients what to expect after a root canal and how to anticipate their symptoms, so you become their trusted tooth guru.
Module 3: Access, Instrumentation, Irrigation and Obturation
It’s back to the basics, but with an experienced, real-world spin. By revisiting your understanding of root canal anatomy, methods of access, instrumentation, methods of obturation, and expert obturation techniques, you’ll further improve your outcomes in no time.
- The two cardinal rules of root canals you may not be following.
- What to do to give you that pretty x-ray, which is often how your colleagues will judge your success.
- How instrumentation methods can make or break a case, to help you achieve better outcomes.
- What’s even more important than instrumentation, so you know what to focus on.
- How to troubleshoot your obturation techniques to help you figure out how you can improve.
- How anatomy may impact your root canals to give you a better idea of what to watch out for with your patients.
Module 4: Cracked Teeth and Vertical Root Fractures
Even with all your careful diagnostic work, cracked teeth can really change the game. They can be difficult to spot, and they can make it difficult for patients to pinpoint the source of their pain. However, they can almost always be saved — whereas vertical root fractures cannot.
- Why cracks create problems and what causes them, so you properly diagnose your patients.
- Clues that a tooth is actually cracked, helping you give your patients the right diagnosis the first time before you unnecessarily condemn their tooth to be extracted.
- The exact protocol to use for patients where a crack with reversible pulpitis is suspected, removing the guesswork.
- How to let your CBCT guide you into making the right diagnosis.
- How to get reimbursed when you’ve spent considerable time on a tooth only to discover it has to be extracted.
Module 5: Trauma and Resorption
Trauma doesn’t come along everyday, which means it can be easy to forget exactly how to handle it. When you know these important steps and guidelines, you’ll be better equipped to handle trauma and resorption cases and feel confident in the steps you and your patients should take.
- Expert endo secrets to managing all the different types of trauma, so you know what to do in every situation.
- What to expect (for you and your patient) after trauma, to make sure your patients feel comfortable, heard, and understood.
- The number one rule in splinting, so you splint like an expert and gain an optimal prognosis for your patients.
- They key for success in all trauma and resorption cases, to shoot your outcomes through the roof.
Module 6: CBCT (Cone Beam Computated Tomography)
Because CBCT is anything but plug-and-play, it has a steep learning curve and is often neglected as a valuable tool in the dentist’s arsenal. However, with some practice and a deeper understanding of this technology, you’ll see that it’s truly a gamechanger for your practice and your patients.
- The endodontic applications of CBCT, including diagnostics, treatment, and follow-up.
- How understanding CBCT can improve outcomes and make you a more confident practitioner.
- Quick and easy steps to increase your confidence with CBCT — it doesn’t take much!
- How to leverage CBCT to discover the true cause of root canal failures so you know how to proceed.
- Ways to use CBCT to educate and communicate with your patients, so they have a deeper understanding of their own dental health.
E-School comes with lifetime access to the course once you pay in full, so you can always refer back to lessons as you need them in your practice.
When you select the course option with coaching included, you'll join a private community of other dentists who are learning along with you.
Never worry about feeling overwhelmed or stressed to finish the course. You will feel at ease knowing that you can go through the modules at your own pace.