Educational Objectives in Endodontics


I.     The objectives of the total pre-doctoral endodontic curriculum demonstrated in the clinical course D780 are:

  • Given pain, swelling or other signs of orofacial pathosis, the graduate dentist should be able to differentiate between those symptoms arising from diseases of the pulp and those arising in other tissues.
  • When pulpal pathosis has been identified, the dentist should be able to diagnose its probable cause, determine its severity, select proper treatment and estimate the probable prognosis.
  • The graduate dentist should appreciate the varying factors which affect the complexity of treatment in each case and distinguish between those cases which are within his capabilities and those which are likely to require referral.
  • The graduate dentist should be thoroughly prepared to deal completely and expeditiously with all cases whose treatment is consistent with his training.
  • The graduate dentist should be able to demonstrate an ability to critique completed clinical procedures.
  • The graduate dentist should be well qualified to pass the endodontic portion of the National Board Examination.

II.     Pre-clinical Lecture/Laboratory - D617-618

  • Pulp Biology
  • Pulp and Periapical Pathosis
  • Endodontic Diagnosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Endodontic Treatment
  • Restoration
  • Endodontic Microbiology
  • Endodontic Emergencies
  • Procedural Problems
  • Evaluation of Success and Failure/Retreatment
  • Preventive Endodontics
  • Apexification and Apexogenesis
  • Bleaching Discolored Teeth
  • Surgical Treatment
  • Management of Traumatized Teeth
  • Endodontic/Periodontic Interrelationships

Course Text:  Walton RE and Torabinejad M.  Principles and Practice of Endodontics, 3rd edition.  WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2002.

Course Syllabus:  Legan JJ, Brown CE, Vail MM.  Syllabus for Preclinical Endodontics, updated yearly.