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  • Courses

    Pulpal Disorders I 630-1
    Description: This is the major didactic and preclinical course in endodontics. The complete and in depth course is divided into three major components: biological principles; clinical principles; and the inter-relationship of the study of endodontics with other dental disciplines. A knowledge of the normal aspects of the pulp and periapical tissues by the student is first developed, followed by a study of pulpal and periapical inflammation and its etiology. With a knowledge and understanding of sound biological principles, the clinical principles of diagnosis and treatment of pulpal problems and its subsequent periradicular disease is covered in depth. Technical skills in providing endodontic therapy are developed in the preclinical laboratory as the student completes root canal treatment on extracted teeth mounted in a dentoform and in a manikin. These exercises require the student to follow the same protocol as if they were in the clinical setting. The section on interrelationship of endodontics with other disciplines includes in-depth lectures on pediatric pulpal disorders, traumatic injuries, periodontal considerations during diagnosis and treatment of pulpal disease, surgical techniques and restorative considerations following endodontic therapy. The course concludes with a thorough presentation of the outcome of pulpal therapy as it relates to repair and success.

    Pulpal Disorders II 630-2
    Description: The didactic course reinforces biological and clinical principles in a classroom setting, along with introducing up-to-date advances in the area of endodontics. Problem solving through problem-based scenarios is reinforced.

    Clinical Practice I 650
    Description: During the D3 year, the students encounter a number of clinical situations where they diagnose and treat pulpal problems. Types of treatment necessary to resolve the problems diagnosed include caries excavations, routine root canal therapy, and retreatment.

    Clinical Practice II 675
    Description: In the D4 year, the student continues resolving various pulpal problems and completes additional root canal cases during this senior year. In the spring quarter of the D4 year, the student completes a clinical competency examination. The examination includes two parts. First, the student must diagnose and treat an irreversible pulpal condition requiring root canal therapy. Second, the student must present the completed clinical root canal case to the endodontic faculty in a seminar setting and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the biological and clinical concepts and principles of pulpal therapy. The student completes the competency examination independent of faculty help.