DESSĀ 7211. Introduction to Endodontics. 2 cr. hrs.

This is a combined pre-clinical lecture and laboratory course. The lecture portion is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of endodontics. The rationale and scope of endodontology is covered as well as internal anatomy, endodontic materials, diagnosis, treatment planning, asepsis and the interrelationship of histopathology and microbiology with endodontics. The laboratory portion introduces the student to the clinical skills necessary to perform root canal treatment on single and multi-rooted teeth. Special emphasis is placed on coronal access, cleaning and shaping and obturation of the root canal system. Simulated clinical conditions are utilized on extracted and plastic teeth.