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Introduction to Endodontics

Course Director: Natasha Flake & Lindsey Yap
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 2

Course Overview

This is the first endodontics course in the predoctoral dental curriculum and the only endodontics course prior to the endodontics clerkship. The course includes both didactic and laboratory components. The didactic component covers the biology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of pulpal and periapical pathoses. The preclinical laboratory component covers endodontic treatment techniques using extracted and artificial teeth. Endodontic treatment is performed on these teeth under clinical simulation conditions in preparation for treating patients in the Endodontics Clinic. Students must pass this course to proceed to the third-year endodontics clerkship.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Explain the biology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of pulpal and periapical pathoses.
2. Describe the usual anatomic variations in root and root canal anatomy of different tooth types.
3. Prepare an appropriate endodontic access in different tooth types.
4. Perform root canal instrumentation with the correct type, size, and sequence of instruments using hand and rotary instrumentation techniques.
5. Perform proper antimicrobial techniques during root canal therapy, including root canal irrigation, aseptic use of endodontic instruments, and medication and temporization of a tooth during root canal therapy.
6. Obturate root canals using appropriate techniques.
7. Diagnose pathoses of endodontic origin using correct pulpal and periapical diagnostic terminology.
8. Recommend treatment plans for endodontic care of patients.

UWSOD Competencies: C-03, C-23

Date last updated: 2024-03-3