An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal treatment. Root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a procedure performed to remove damaged tissue from inside the root canals of a tooth. As a specialist, endodontists limit their practice to endodontic procedures.
The Department of Endodontics supports the Dental School Mission toward the enhancement of oral health through acquisition, dissemination and use of endodontic knowledge.
This mission is addressed through four interrelated action components: education, patient care, research, and community service.
Our education goal is to develop specialists who are knowledgeable in the endodontic literature and in the basic sciences related to our specialty and who engage in life long learning.
Patient Care Goal:
Our patient care goal is to develop qualified, skillful clinicians who practice endodontics with state-of-the-art armamentaria and philosophies. New endodontists will treat and re-treat all types of teeth which need root canal therapy, perform vital pulp therapy, perform routine and advanced endodontic surgical procedures, manage traumatic injuries and the emergency needs of their patients, and treat medically compromised patients.
Our research goal is to provide an environment in which research and the dissemination of scholarly activity are performed by its faculty and endodontic graduate students. All should have an appreciation for research design and critical review of the literature.
Community Service Goal:
Our community service goal is to develop endodontists who are trained to lecture and teach in a clinical setting in a dental school, who give presentations to dental societies and study clubs, and who are a part of organized dentistry.
Objectives of the Endodontic Graduate Program
Program Objectives for the Education Goal:
- The graduate student must meet all of the education standards as set forth by the American Association of Endodontics and Council on Dental Education.
- The graduate student must submit a portfolio of fifteen cases written and organized according to the specifications of the American Board of Endodontics and evaluated by an independent examiner.
- The graduate student must pass an oral examination by an independent examiner prior to graduation.
- All graduate students must take the written portion (Part 1) of the American Board of Endodontists prior to program completion.
- The graduate is encouraged to attain board certification.
- The graduate is prepared to engage in life long learning.
Program Objectives for the Patient Care Goal:
- The graduate student is skilled in a wide variety of clinical techniques (surgical and non-surgical).
- The graduate student is skilled in the use of the microscope and state of the art dental armamentaria in the practice of endodontics.
- The graduate student is skilled in performing routine and advanced endodontic surgical procedures.
- The graduate student is skilled in treatment of the medically compromised patient.
- The graduate student is skilled in attending to the emergency needs of his/her patient.
Program Objectives for the Research Goal:
- The graduate student must perform a research project, write a manuscript of results in JOE publishable format and submit it for publication.
- The graduate student must be able to critically review the literature.
Program Objectives for the Community Service Goal:
- The graduate is encouraged to teach part-time in a dental school environment.
- The graduate is encouraged to lecture to study clubs and at dental meetings and to support organized dentistry.