Endodontics

http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/

Degree Offered

  • Master of Science

General Information

The School of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics offer a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program requires a minimum of thirty months of full-time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in endodontic clinical practice, teaching, and research.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Endodontics during spring semester of year two, and summer session and fall semester of year three.  Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver. You must pay these each term/semester.

Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Dental Admissions and Recruitment. Applications will be processed by the School of Dentistry. Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after interviews are completed.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  For details about the faculty, publications, and alumni information, please visit the Department website at http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/.

Program Goals 

  • Provide the education and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in the specialty of Endodontics.
  • Provide the basis for a specialist in Endodontics to achieve Board Certification in Endodontics. 

Graduate Courses

Advanced Oral Surgery:  Advanced study of therapeutics, hospital protocol, and surgical aspects of oral surgery involving lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and clinical applications.

Advanced Topics:  Biomedical Sciences Module Series: The Biomedical Sciences Module series has been designed as an online course for students enrolled in the advanced education programs in the WVU School of Dentistry.  Three modules currently exist.  They include pharmacology, anatomy/histology/embryology, and microbiology/immunology/genetics.

The content of these modules focuses on the clinical application of each of the biomedical sciences to dentistry.  Cases will be used to integrate theory and practice.  Students will attend a virtual classroom by viewing online lectures, reading prescribed materials, and interacting with faculty and classmates through an online discussion forum.

Advanced Topics:  Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Applied Biostatistics for Health:  Statistical models, distributions, probability, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confident intervals, regression, correlation, transformations, F and Chi-square distributions, analysis of variance and multiple comparisons.

Clinical Endodontics:  Graduate of an accredited dental school and admission to the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics or consent.  Clinical endodontic practice in the areas of:  ordinary endodontic cases, complex endodontic cases, hemisection, root amputation, replantation, transplantation, endodontic implantation, vital pulp therapy, apexification, and bleaching.

Endodontic Theory:  Provides seminar discussions in the topics of:  basic endodontic techniques, advanced endodontic techniques, endodontic literature review, case presentation, and advanced endodontic theory.

Research:  Research activities leading to a thesis, problem report, research paper, or equivalent scholarly project.

Special Studies in Oral Pathology:  Advanced study of local or systemic disease processes affecting oral structures through seminars.

Teaching Practicum:  Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry.

Admission Requirements

The program's requirements are as follows:

  • Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination - Part 1 at the time of application and Part 2 upon entrance to the program.
  • Must have earned a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree, or equivalent.
  • Must be proficient in the English language and report most recent TOEFL score (if foreign applicant).
  • Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  • Must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)  http://www.adea.org/ and have all application materials submitted by August 1.  For more detailed information, go to the School of Dentistry website (http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/).
  • Must complete and submit a WVU Graduate Application.
  • Must participate in an onsite interview.
  • Must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  • Must submit documentation of all required immunizations. A complete list is available on the School of Dentistry website.
  • Must become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry's policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.
  • Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental resident permit upon entrance to the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Fulfill University requirements for graduate study.
  • Complete 30 months (two and a half academic years and two summer sessions) of consecutive full-time advanced study and clinical training at the School of Dentistry.
  • Complete an approved master’s thesis based on original research completed during the course of study in an area related to endodontics.
  • Must pass a final oral examination.
  • Must successfully complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory clinical competency in endodontics.
  • Must complete the written portion of the American Board of Endodontics examination.
  • Complete a minimum of 91 credit hours, including 62 hours of endodontic courses, a minimum of 10 hours of selected basic sciences subjects, 8 hours teaching practicum, and a thesis (11 hours).
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA or an overall competence in the student’s field. A minimum grade of B must be earned in all work attempted in the master’s program. A grade of C or below in two courses will require a faculty review of the student’s progress. A third C or below will result in suspension from the program.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Minimum grade of B is required in all courses. *
DENT 600Advanced Oral Surgery3
DENT 691 Advanced Topics3
DENT 601Advanced Oral Microbiology3
DENT 687Research Methods1
Clinical Management Requirement2
Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients
Teaching Practicum8
Teaching Practicum (Repeated)
NBAN 716Craniofacial Growth and Maturation1
PCOL 765Advanced Biomedical Sciences: Applied Pharmacology1
Clinical Endodontics 32
Clinical Endodontics (Repeated)
Endodontic Theory23
Endodontic Theory Yr-Sm (Repeated)
ENDO 697Research11
ORTH 625Orthodontic Seminar1
PATH 601Special Studies in Oral Pathology2
Master's Thesis
Oral Examination
Demonstrate clinical competency in endodontics
Total Hours91

Suggested Plan of Study

First SemesterHours
DENT 6001
ORTH 6251
ENDO 6882
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
 9
Second SemesterHours
DENT 6002
PATH 6012
ENDO 6884
DENT 6913
ENDO 6892
ENDO 6901
PCOL 7651
ENDO 6971
 16
Third SemesterHours
DENT 6871
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6971
DENT 6013
 14
Fourth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
NBAN 7161
 10
Fifth SemesterHours
ENDO 6885
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
PERI 6441
 11
Sixth SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6971
PERI 6441
 11
Seventh SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6972
 9
Eighth SemesterHours
ENDO 6885
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6973
 11
Total credit hours: 91

Major Learning Goals

Endodontics

  • Provide the educational and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in their specialty.
  • Provide the education and training necessary for a specialist to achieve Board Certification.

Courses

DENT 600. Advanced Oral Surgery. 1-12 Hours.

PR: Consent. Advanced study of therapeutics, hospital protocol, and surgical aspects of oral surgery involving lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and clinical applications. (Grading may be P/F.).

DENT 601. Advanced Oral Microbiology. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Oral microbiology for dental specialties correlates science with evidence-based practice. Patient care is the primary focus linking oral health to systemic disease.

DENT 687. Research Methods. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Methods and techniques of research in dentistry. Major emphasis on conducting oral health surveys, designed experiments, and critically analyzing results and development of a thesis.

DENT 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading may be P/F.).

DENT 691A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

DENT 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper, or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).

DENT 700. Anesthesiology. 1 Hour.

Lectures on local anesthesia, including types, modes of action, indications, and contraindications for use. Premedication, toxic effects, and technics of administration are discussed.

DENT 701. Arts & Sciences of Preventive Dentistry. 2 Hours.

Lectures dealing with the philosophy and techniques of preventive dentistry.

DENT 703. Introduction to Patient Care. 3 Hours.

Lectures, laboratory, and clinical experiences designed to develop skill in performing thorough clinical assessments, defining ethical/legal issues in patient care, and performing procedures to prevent and control disease.

DENT 704. Operative Dentistry. 4 Hours.

PR: DENT 710. Preclinical course in principles of cavity preparation, manipulation of plastic restorative materials, and related instrumentation. Characteristics and treatment of caries emphasized.

DENT 706. Interprofessional Education. 0-2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the dental curricula. The IPE two semester course involves a series of activities aimed at promoting collaboration, communication and quality and safety among the health professions to ultimately improve patient care.

DENT 707. Introduction to Clinical Dentistry. 2 Hours.

Observing, assisting and actively participating in the provision of limited care to patients assigned to the student clinics in the School of Dentistry.

DENT 710. Dental Anatomy and Occlusion. 4 Hours.

Anatomy of individual teeth, both permanent and primary, in regard to form and function.

DENT 711. Periodontics. 2 Hours.

Introduction to periodontal diseases, their diagnosis and treatment. Laboratory instruction is included.

DENT 712. Dental Materials. 3 Hours.

Composition, physical, chemical, mechanical, and manipulative properties, and technical uses of dental restorative materials as related to dentistry.

DENT 715. Introduction to Community Dentistry. 2 Hours.

PR: DENT 701. Preparation to conduct needs assessment of individuals and groups, and perform program planning, implementation and evaluation. Field experiences are included.

DENT 719. Pedodontics. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Normal growth and development presented from physical, intellectual, psychological, and oral perspectives. Behavior of children in dental environment reviewed and strategies for management examined.

DENT 721. Endodontics. 2 Hours.

Preclinical lectures and laboratory exercises on basic technical and biological requisites in the treatment of diseases of the dental pulp and the periapical tissues.

DENT 722. Tooth-Colored Restorations. 4 Hours.

PR:DENT 710 and DENT 704. Preclinical course to include a variety of esthetic dental procedures. Teeth will be prepared for insertion of tooth colored restorations.

DENT 725. Practice Management. 1 Hour.

A lecture course designed to prepare dental students in the concepts of four-handed dentistry.

DENT 726. Removable Partial Dentures. 7 Hours.

A didactic and laboratory course that provides the fundamental knowledge and psychomotor skills necessary for the treatment of the partially edentulous patient with a removable partial denture by the general dentist.

DENT 727. Dental/Maxillofacial Radiology. 2 Hours.

Radiographic modalities to make diagnostic images of the dentition and oromazillofacial region, principles of x-ray generation, x-ray machine function, quality assurance, radiation safety and biology, and radiographic interpretation.

DENT 729. Indirect Restorations. 3 Hours.

Lectures related to standard clinical procedures and laboratory instruction in direct and indirect cast gold restorations.

DENT 730. Community Dentistry. 2 Hours.

Lectures provide the student with a basic knowledge of the principles of dental public health practice. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for their rural site rotation(s).

DENT 731. Occlusion. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Didactic and clinic/laboratory instruction in the basic techniques and procedures associated with the treatment of conditions related to faulty occlusion.

DENT 732. Periodontics. 1 Hour.

Lectures in the advanced theory and practice of preventive dentistry with emphasis on nutrition.

DENT 733. Advanced Endodontic Theory and Practice. 1 Hour.

PR: DENT 721. Lecture and discussion concerning recognition and diagnosis of complex endodontic problems, emergency treatment, assessment of prognosis, and appropriateness for referral for specialty treatment.

DENT 734. Complete Dentures. 6 Hours.

Didactic and laboratory course which identifies, discusses, and develops the fundamental knowledge and psychomotor skills necessary for the treatment of the edentulous patient by the general dentist.

DENT 735. Pediatric Dentistry. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Didactic instruction foundational to the dental care to children presented in the following modules of instruction: oral diagnosis/treatment, planning/case presentation, prevention, restorative dentistry, pulpal therapy, management of the developing occlusion and trauma to the dentition and oral structures.

DENT 737. Treatment Planning. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the universal principles of professional treatment planning for adult patients.

DENT 739. Oral Surgery. 1 Hour.

Didactic instruction in basic surgical principles as applied to the extraction of teeth and Dentoalveolar-surgery.

DENT 740. Periodontics. 1 Hour.

Intermediate didactic instruction in periodontal therapy including basic surgery and post-operative care.

DENT 744. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. 1 Hour.

Analysis of orthodontic diagnostic records, diagnostic skills for various malocclusions, and formulation of a treatment plan for orthodontic cases.

DENT 745. Principles of Orthodontics. 1 Hour.

Facial growth and development, the development of occlusion, and etiology and classification of malocclusions.

DENT 746. Orthodontic Techniques. 1 Hour.

Technical instruction in taking diagnostic records and constructing basic orthodontic appliances.

DENT 747. Management of Medical and Dental Emergencies. 1 Hour.

Assessment and treatment of the medical risk patient as related to the practice of dentistry. CPR instruction included.

DENT 750. Global Outreach in Dentistry. 1 Hour.

DENT 750. Global Outreach in Dentistry. 1 HR. Provides dental students with diverse experiences managing the oral health needs of patients from other cultures very different than their own.

DENT 751. Occlusion. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Advanced study of the science of occlusion with particular attention to its impact on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of occlusal disorders.

DENT 752. Community Dentistry. 2 Hours.

Seminars, pro-seminars, and field experience in selected topics of professional communication, health education, and the sociology and psychology of community health.

DENT 754. Introduction to Dental Implantology. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Implant diagnosis, treatment planning, selection, placement, restoration, and maintenance are discussed utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. Surgical and prosthetic experiences are gained during the laboratory sessions.

DENT 755. Clinico-Pathologic Correlation Conference. 1 Hour.

PR: PATH 738 and PATH 753 or consent. Histopathologic correlation with clinical case histories and presenting signs and symptoms presented in a case-based learning format.

DENT 756. Fixed Prosthodontics: Part 1. 4 Hours.

PR: DENT 704 and DENT 712 and DENT 731. Lectures and laboratory exercises introduce students to the techniques of preparing and restoring teeth with single unit crowns. This includes areas of patient assessment and treatment planning.

DENT 757. Fixed Prosthodontics: Part 2. 4 Hours.

PR: DENT 756. Lectures and Laboratory exercises introduce students to the techniques of preparing and restoring teeth with fixed partial dentures. This includes assessment, planning, impression making, laboratory procedures and cementation procedures.

DENT 758. Senior Seminar. 2 Hours.

More complex and advanced techniques for clinical practice in all disciplines in dentistry with emphasis on new developments in oral surgery and endodontics.

DENT 759. Oral Surgery. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Didactic instruction in patient evaluation, complicated exodontia, pre-prosthetic surgery, diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of disease, injuries, and defects of human jaws and associated structures.

DENT 761. Pediatric Dentistry. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Continued didactic instruction in dentistry for the child patient with the following learning packages programmed: abnormal dental development, oral habits, and adolescent dentistry.

DENT 762. Anxiety and Pain Control. 1 Hour.

PR: DENT 700 and DENT 739 and PCOL 760 and PCOL 763. Emphasis on the use of oral agents in obtaining pain and anxiety control in Dentistry.

DENT 763. Periodontics. 2 Hours.

Advanced didactic instruction in periodontal therapy including special surgical procedures.

DENT 765. Orthodontics. 1 Hour.

Introduction to clinical orthodontics; lectures on case analysis, treatment planning, and clinical procedures involved in interceptive, preventive, and adjunctive treatment of malocclusions.

DENT 766. Applied Pediatric Dentistry. 2 Hours.

PR:DENT 719 and DENT 735. Didactic and pre-clinical instruction in the treatment of children's oral health. Includes treatment planning/case presentations, general restorative procedures, management of developing occlusion, and trauma to dentition and oral structures.

DENT 767. Community Dentistry. 1-15 Hours.

Field experience in various aspects of community health.

DENT 770. Clinical Oral Radiology. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical application of principles presented in DENT 703 and DENT 727 with additional instruction in techniques and interpretation of radiographs with special emphasis to role played in oral diagnosis.

DENT 771. Practice Management. 2 Hours.

PR: DENT 725. A lecture series on the fundamentals of practice management, including the organization and development of the practice, personnel and financial management, and the introduction to TEAM dentistry.

DENT 772. Case Based Treatment Planning. 1 Hour.

This course will involve the comprehensive analysis of complex cases in order to formulate an appropriate ideal treatment plan with suitable alternatives. The student must assimilate patient information into the S.O.A.P format and present the case before faculty and peers.

DENT 773. Composite Restorations. 1 Hour.

This course will provide theory and preclinical instruction in the selection and fabrication of optimal composite restorations that satisfy biologic, mechanical and esthetic requirements.

DENT 774. Principles of Medicine. 2 Hours.

General diseases about which the dental student should have intelligent working knowledge. Students are assigned to specific hospitalized patients to review their findings with the class.

DENT 775. Practice Management. 0-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Clinical practice using auxiliaries, including those trained in expanded functions.

DENT 776. Removable Prosthodontics. 0-6 Hours.

Continued application of the theory and practice of removable prosthodontics.

DENT 777. Periodontics. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases.

DENT 778. Law & Ethics in Dentistry. 2 Hours.

Select legal concepts and the process of ethical decision making as related to the practice of dentistry. Case analysis is the primary method of instruction.

DENT 780. Endodontics. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical endodontic instruction in order to develop the skills and judgment necessary to treat diseases of the dental pulp and their sequelae.

DENT 781. Patient Management 1. 0-4 Hours.

This four semester course in the first year of the clinic curriculum develops professional responsibility and time management through monitoring of patient care activity, which includes treatment, diagnostic reviews and clinic service assignments. (Grading will be Pass/Fail).

DENT 782. Clinical Patient Management 2. 0-2 Hours.

PR: DENT 781. This two-semester course develops professional responsibility and time management through monitoring of patient care activity, which includes treatment, case presentations, diagnostic reviews and clinic service assignments.

DENT 783. Operative Dentistry. 0-6 Hours.

Instruction in the clinic setting includes comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, computer assisted records, plaque control, caries control, and single tooth restorations. Sufficient variety and depth of experience occurs to obtain competence for independent practice of operative dentistry.

DENT 784. Oral Surgery. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical instruction in outpatient and inpatient oral surgery necessary to provide comprehensive care for the dental patient.

DENT 785. Orthodontics. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical management of selected malocclusion problems.

DENT 786. Pediatric Dentistry. 0-6 Hours.

Instruction in the clinical setting with the goal of developing the psychomotor skills and judgment necessary to provide comprehensive care for the child patient.

DENT 787. Clinical Oral Diagnosis. 0-6 Hours.

Clinical application of principles presented in DENT 303 and DENT 337, providing opportunities for observation and analysis of clinical problems.

DENT 788. Clinic Completion Practicum. 0-15 Hours.

Supervised patient care in selected clinical areas specified for each individual student according to their clinical competency requirements. (Grading will be S/U.).

DENT 789. Fixed Prosthodontics. 0-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Clinical application of the theory and practice of crown and bridge dentistry.

DENT 790. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It will also present a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be P/F.).

DENT 791A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

DENT 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

DENT 793A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

DENT 794. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

DENT 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.


Faculty

Assistant professors

  • Marvin L. Speer - DDS, MS, FACD
    Graduate Program Director
  • Keith L. Hildebrand - DDS, MS
    Department Chair