UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Endodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Natasha Flake
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

The Endodontic 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 minimal-moderate 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 and formulate correct pulpal and periapical diagnoses.
  3. Formulate treatment plans for the endodontic care of patients, including emergency and definitive treatment plans, and recognizing when endodontic therapy is not indicated.
  4. Perform root canal therapy of minimal and minimal-moderate difficulty level, including anterior, premolar, and molar teeth.
  5. Provide emergency endodontic treatment: pulpectomy, pulpotomy, pulpal debridement, incision and drainage, caries control, and/or other palliative treatments.
  6. Provide vital pulp therapy, when indicated.
  7. Prescribe appropriate antibiotics and analgesics, when indicated.
  8. Perform appropriate initial treatment of dental trauma.
  9. Assess endodontic case difficulty level and determine when to treat and when to refer.
  10. Recognize and understand 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 outcomes and predict prognoses of cases.
  12. Establish professional, working relationships with endodontists and other specialists.
  13. Perform all of the above within the scope of practice of a general dentist, in an ethical and professional manner.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2016-01-25