ENDO 630

Clinical Endodontics

Natasha Flake and David Pitts

1 Credit Per Quarter, 7 Credits Total / Quarters 9-15 (Autumn-Summer, Third Year + Autumn-Spring, Fourth Year)

Course Description

A clinical course where the student is required to complete endodontic treatment of anterior, premolar, and molar teeth. In addition to nonsurgical treatment of several endodontic cases, the student assists with an endodontic surgery.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge and experience in endodontic treatment. The objectives are for the student to be able to (1) differentiate between signs and symptoms caused by pulpal or periapical pathosis and those caused by other forms of orofacial pathosis, (2) determine the cause of pulpal or periapical pathosis, select and carry out appropriate treatment, and estimate the prognosis, (3) complete, at a clinically acceptable level, those clinical procedures which are consistent with her/his experience level, (4) identify those factors which affect the complexity of treatment in each endodontic case and distinguish between those cases which are within her/his ability to manage effectively and those which should be referred to practitioners who can more appropriately provide for the care of the patient, and (5) accurately critique completed clinical procedures.

Further, the student will (6) understand the standards of care associated with endodontic treatment as well as his/her professional and ethical obligations to patients with endodontic needs.

Course Outline

Seven quarters of endodontic clinic.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is required to complete at least seven quarters of ENDO 630, to successfully fill a minimum of fifteen root canals, including two molar teeth, and to assist with one surgery in the Graduate Endodontics Clinic. Students are required to pass two clinical competency exams. The 3rd year clinical competency exam (a single-canal tooth) is required to progress to the 4th year Endodontic Clinic. The 4th year clinical competency exam (a posterior multi-canal tooth) is required for clearance for graduation. Both competency exam cases count toward the required endodontic clinical experience.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

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 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.

Media

Endodontic Clinic Syllabus, D.L. Pitts, September 2008.

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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