ENDO 534

Clinical Procedures in Endodontics

Natasha Flake

1 Credit / Quarter 9 (Autumn, Third Year)

Course Description

Lecture course covering clinical endodontic procedures, including diagnosis, clinical techniques (use of electronic apex locators, radiography, rubber dam, and local anesthesia), restoration of endodontically-treated teeth, endodontic emergencies, procedural accidents, and case selection and referral.

Educational Objectives

The student should be able to: 1) accurately perform endodontic diagnostic tests and formulate correct pulpal and periradicular diagnoses; 2 ) solve basic problems in endodontic radiography, rubber dam isolation, and achieving local anesthesia; 3) diagnose and plan treatment for endodontic emergencies; 4) understand principles of restoration of endodontically-treated teeth; 5) identify endodontic procedural accidents and preventive measures; and 6) assess endodontic case difficulty level and recognize the basis for referral to a specialist.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: clinic orientation; endodontic diagnosis; electronic apex locators; endodontic radiography; rubber dam isolation in endodontic treatment; local anesthesia for endodontic treatment; restoration of endodontically-treated teeth; endodontic emergencies and therapeutics; procedural accidents; and case selection and basis for referral.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course the student is expected to attend lectures and to demonstrate an understanding of the lecture topics and readings through quizzes and a final examination.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 10: Prescribe and administer pharmacological agents for patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.


  • Endodontic Clinic Syllabus, D.L. Pitts, 2008.
  • Principles and Practice of Endodontics, M. Torabinejad, R.E.Walton, 2009 (4th edition)
  • Slides
  • Videotapes:
    Endodontic Radiography, D.L. Pitts
    Rubber Dam Slot Technique, D.L. Pitts
    Acute Apical Abscess, Incision and Drainage, D.L. Pitts

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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