DENT5632 Endodontics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)External
This unit covers current endodontic theory and treatment techniques. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and the periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences including the biology of the normal pulp, and the aetiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and the associated periradicular conditions. Dental traumatology is the study of injuries to the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the mouth and jaws, and the treatment of these injuries. Students are given didactic teaching to understand all areas of endodontics, diagnostic exercises and practical, preclinical exercises before embarking on clinical work.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge on pain, diagnosis and treatment planning; (2) perform routine root canal therapy; (3) demonstrate knowledge of pulpless teeth, removing crowns, retreatment of endodontics, writing insurance and dento-legal reports, bypassing canal obstructions, preprosthetic pulp analysis, deciduous endodontic treatment, management of trauma to the teeth, replantation of teeth, tooth bleaching, conservative pulp therapy, managing root fractures and cracked teeth, managing combined endodontic–periodontal lesions and diagnosing when to refer for specialist treatment; and (4) demonstrate knowledge of dental traumatology.
This comprises a combination of formative and summative methods in the form of a practical assessment (40 per cent), internet quizzes (30 per cent) and a final examination (30 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
Approved quota: 10
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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