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Endodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Natasha Flake
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Endodontics Clerkship prepares dental students to provide endodontic therapy within the scope of practice of general dentistry. In the didactic component, students expand their knowledge in preparation for clinical experiences. In the clinical component, students treat patients including diagnosis, treatment planning, and endodontic therapy of a minimal difficulty level.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Perform endodontic examination and diagnostic testing procedures.
2. Diagnose pathoses of endodontic origin using correct pulpal and periapical diagnostic terminology.
3. Formulate treatment plans for the endodontic care of patients, including emergency and definitive treatment plans.
4. Provide emergency endodontic treatment: pulpectomy, pulpotomy, pulpal debridement, incision and drainage, caries control, and/or other palliative treatments.
5. Perform root canal therapy of minimal difficulty level.
6. Provide vital pulp therapy, when indicated.
7. Prescribe appropriate antibiotics and analgesics, when indicated.
8. Cite guidelines for treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
9. Determine when to treat and when to refer a case employing the “AAE Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form and Guidelines.”
10. Recognize treatment options for conditions that may require referral to an endodontist: resorption, endo/perio lesions, apexification/regeneration cases, retreatment and endodontic surgery cases, and internal bleaching cases.
11. Evaluate endodontic case prognosis and outcomes.
12. Practice within a general dentist’s scope of practice in an ethical and professional manner.

UWSOD Competencies: C-02, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-14, C-16, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-23, C-26, C-28

Date last updated: 2023-09-27