The ProTaper Story - Part 2 ProTaper’s 20+ Year Journey as Told by the Creators, the 3 Amigos

Ruddle reflects on the great past experiences he has had hiking with family and his future plans for hiking this summer. Next, in Part 1 of The ProTaper Story, Ruddle gives us an insider’s glimpse into how ProTaper got started and its 20+ year journey. Then co-creators Dr. West and Prof. Machtou join for a Zoom interview in Part 2 and give their unique insight. This segment is followed by a Just-in-Time® segment on how to shape a canal with ProTaper. Enjoy the ‘story’!

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Many times over several decades I have described various concepts, strategies, and techniques for shaping root canals. Although the concepts and strategies have essentially remained the same, the techniques have evolved...

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ProTaper’s 20+ Year Journey as Told by the Creators, the 3 Amigos...

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