Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course deals with etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries involving the dental pulp, and sequelae of these.

The student shall be able to prevent, diagnose and treat endodontic diseases involving the dental pulp and the apical periodontium. The course addresses topics such as emergency treatment, root canal treatment, prevention, prognosis assessment and evaluation of work performed. Further, the candidate shall be able to evaluate the treatment outcome. The graduated candidate is expected to handle and treat most of the endodontic problems occurring in general practice with confidence. The clinical practice should be based on existing knowledge from basic disciplines such as oral microbiology, physiology, oral anatomy and biomaterial sciences.

Learning Outcomes


The student:

  • is able to explain the preventive endodontic treatment principles and measures intended to preserve pulp vitality based on basic knowledge (anatomy and biology) of the pulp-dentin organ
  • is able to explain circulatory conditions in the normal and inflamed dental pulp
  • is able to explain the role of different nerve fibers involved in pulpal pain mechanisms
  • is able to explain the immune system and disease progression in pulpal and periapical diseases
  • is able to explain the role of oral microbes in endodontic diseases
  • is able to explain tissue reactions to endodontic-related problems
  • is able to explain the role of endodontic infections on systemic diseases
  • is able to distinguish differences between pulpal and periapical diagnosis
  • is able to understand various treatment modalities in preventive and root canal treatment
  • has knowledge of various root filling materials and techniques
  • is able to evaluate indication for retreatment and treat options for a previously root filled tooth
  • is able to account for knowledge of dental biomaterials used in endodontics


The student is able to

  • carry out a comprehensive examination of a patient with an endodontic-related problem
  • communicate with the patient to obtain complete and relevant anamnestic information and communicate the endodontic treatment need as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to the patient
  • establish a diagnosis on the status of the pulp and apical periodontium and make a treatment plan with the patient in focus
  • handle most of the endodontic treatment needs which occurs in general practice and evaluate the treatment outcome
  • assess the need for restoration of endodontically treated teeth
  • handle necessary emergency treatment
  • perform internal bleaching of teeth that have undergone root canal therapy
  • monitor and evaluate the endodontic treatment (including surgical endodontics)

General competence

The student has the right attitude, shows empathy and focuses on quality in clinical treatment of the patient.

ECTS Credits

5 ECTS credits

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Spring and autumn (course across two semesters)
Required Previous Knowledge
Completed and passed 5th semester in Master of dentistry
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
OD3END-K4 - 3 ECTS credits
Access to the Course
Master of dentistry, MAOD-ODONT
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, seminars, theme based learning and clinical treatment of patients
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student has to take part in theme based learning, case presentation and self-assessment of clinical activities. Approved endodontic clinical course is a prerequisite for taking the exam.

All teaching is mandatory, except for lectures. The student is responsible for reporting absences, and unexcused absences are not allowed.¿In addition to the attendance requirements, the academic requirements must be met, both in terms of the quality of the work and sufficient practice.

Forms of Assessment
4 hour written exam
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Reading List
The reading list will be ready within the 1st of December before the course commences in the 6th semester. It will be made available through MittUiB.
Course Evaluation
The course is evaluated in accordance with the system of quality assurance of UiB every 3rd year.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The board for studies in odontology
Course Coordinator
Associate professor Sivakami Rethnam Haug
Course Administrator
Department of clinical dentistry
Deparment of clinical dentistry