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Residency Program in Endodontics

Director: Commander Terry D. Webb

This 2-year program involves study of the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues. It encompasses the basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, and the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.

Completion of the program qualifies the resident for participation in the written portion of the American Board of Endodontics examination. After passing the written examination and conducting a practice limited to endodontics for an additional 2 years, the endodontist is eligible to participate in the clinical and oral examinations leading to Board certification.

The curriculum also includes military subjects that enable dental officers to undertake contingency roles and to perfect their skills in military leadership and personnel management.

Current Literature Seminar
Each month, the residents review the scientific literature for articles of interest to endodontics. All articles in the Journal Of Endodontics are reviewed. The other journals reviewed are listed below.

When an article is chosen for review, a resident writes an abstract that is placed in a database. From these, selected abstracts will be published on the Current Literature page of this web site.

Journals reviewed monthly:
Acta Odontologic Scandanavia
Annals of Internal Medicine
Archives of Oral Biology
Australian Dental Journal
British Dental Journal
Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry
Dental Clinics of North America
Dental Traumatology
Endodontic Topics
General Dentistry
Infection and Immunity
International Dental journal
International Endodontic Journal
International Journal of Oral Surgery
Journal of the American Dental Association
Journal of Dentistry
Journal of Dentistry for Children
Journal of Dental Research
Journal of Endodontics
Journal of Oral Surgery
Journal of Orofacial Pain
Journal of Periodontology
Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Journal of Prosthetics
New England Journal of Medicine
Operative Dentistry
Oral Microbiology and Immunology
Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics
Pediatric Dentistry
Scientific American

Classical Literature Seminar
There are 28 separate classical literature seminars. The residents either chair these seminars or abstract classical articles for discussion during the seminar. They also prepare short reports on selected topics during the year. Each resident is expected to chair several seminars and direct discussion. The topics of these seminars are listed below:

1- Root Canal Morphology And Access Preparation
2- Preparation Of The Root Canal System #1
3- Preparation Of The Root Canal System #2 Rotary Instrumentation
4- Obturation Of The Root Canal System
5- Diagnostic Procedures In The Practice Of Endodontics, Classification Of Pulpal And Periapical Pathoses & Endodontic Treatment Planning
6- Endodontic and Periodontic Interrelationships, Cracks and Fractures, Dentinal Hypersensitivity
7- Radiology, Radiographic Techniques And Interpretation
8- Management Of Endodontic Emergencies
9- Management Of Traumatic Injuries To The Dentition
10a- Pharmacology
10b- Fascial Space Infections Of Odontogenic Origin
11- Surgical Endodontics #1
12- Surgical Endodontics #2 Intentional Replantation/Transplantation
Endodontic Implants/Vertical Extrusion/
13- Endodontic Armamentarium And Materials #1
14- Endodontic Armamentarium And Materials #2
15a- Cell Fine Structure & Vital Pulp Therapy
15b- Vital Pulp Therapy & Pediatric Endodontics
16- Histology and Physiology of the Pulpo-dentinal Complex
17- Microbiological Aspects Of Endodontics and Asepsis In Endodontics
18- Endodontic Retreatment
19- Inflammation / Immunology #1
20- Inflammation / Immunology #2
21- Inflammation / Immunology #3
22- Repair of Iatrogenic Problems, Treatment of Resorption Cases, Bleaching
23- Bone Metabolism
24- Management Of The Medically Compromised Patient
25- Lesions Of Endodontic Origin
26- Outcomes of Endodontic Therapy (Success, Failure and Prognosis)
27- Pain I: Etiology, Physiology, And Theories Of Orofacial Pain
28- Pain II: Examination And Differential Diagnosis Of Orofacial Pain

Each resident is expected to complete a research project during the two year program. Approximately 3 hours each week are dedicated to this endeavor. The topic is selected by the resident and pertains to the field of endodontics. Assistance is provided by the staff mentor and the Research Department at NPDS.

Special Reports
All residents write an additional paper. This paper may be a review of their research topic, a clinical update, or a review of another topic of interest in endodontics. First year residents write a report on the history and philosophy of endodontics.

Master's Program
The Naval Postgraduate Dental School offers a Master of Science in Health Sciences degree, Oral Biology (with a concentration in endodontics) through The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The required courses for this program are taught by The George Washington University faculty on the premises of Naval Postgraduate Dental School.


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