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Introduction to Endodontics

Course Director: Natasha Flake & Avina Paranjpe
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 2

Course Overview

This is the first course in Endodontics in the predoctoral dental curriculum and the only course in Endodontics prior to the Endodontic Clerkship. The course includes both didactic and laboratory components. The didactic component covers the biology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of pulpal and periapical pathosis. 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 Endodontic Clinic. Students must pass this course in order to proceed to the Endodontic Clerkship in the third year.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Explain the biology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome 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. State the specific type, size and sequence of instruments needed to instrument a specific root canal, and complete canal instrumentation using either a hand or rotary instrumentation technique.
5. Describe and complete proper root canal irrigation, describe and demonstrate aseptic transfer and use of endodontic instruments, and describe and complete the medication and temporization of a tooth being endodontically treated.
6. Evaluate the adequacy of instrumentation and the final apical preparation size; select and evaluate a master gutta-percha cone; mix and evaluate root canal sealer; and complete root canal obturation using lateral condensation.
7. Describe the rationale for, and carry out the steps in the preparation and placement of an intraorifice barrier.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14

Date last updated: 2018-05-01