Our MSc/PgDip Endodontology programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.
We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during their diploma programme.
Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.
Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:
Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level.
Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment.
Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.
Clinical Knowledge of Endodontology (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce foundation topics relating to the safe practice of endodontology. The module will cover the basic sciences underpinning the clinical aspects of endodontic treatment and will cover patient examination, treatment planning, complications and case selection.
The development of the endodontium, histological structure and function
The pulp pathology: Injury, inflammation, diagnosis, and protection
Microbiology of endodontic disease
Endodontic radiology and digital radiology
Differential diagnoses for pain of dental origin
Medical complications and endodontics
Tooth/root anatomy, endodontic access and working length determination
Magnification in clinical endodontics
Cleaning and shaping: the microbiological and mechanical principles
Irrigation and Intra-canal medication
Current concepts of 3-dimensional endodontic obturation and coronal seal
Temporisation of endodontically-treated teeth
Treatment planning: case assessment and referral criteria for endodontic cases
Clinical Practice of Endodontology (20 credits)
This module introduces the necessary practical skills required for safe endodontic treatment within a primary dental care environment.
Setting up of the microscope, posture & introduction to 4-handed endodontics
Access cavity design of teeth and crown-down preparation techniques
Working length determination
Use of contemporary rotary niti. and irrigation regimes
Use of cold and thermal g.p. techniques for obturation
Introduction of contemporary non-g.p. based materials for obturation Appraising the
Dental Literature (20 credits)
The module seeks to develop your ability to locate, select and interpret information from a wide variety of published sources related to dentistry and oral health, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the dental literature.
Enhanced Clinical Knowledge of Endodontology (20 credits)
This module will further develop your knowledge of endodontic treatment, building on the foundations developed in the first year. You will study advances in endodontology and will gain knowledge of the contemporary endodontic techniques that have widened and strengthened the clinician’s treatment portfolio.
Traumatic injuries to teeth
Treatment of the non-vital immature tooth
Restoration of the endodontically-treated tooth
Procedural mishaps in endodontic therapy
Management of acute endodontic conditions and pain management
Endodontic surgery and use of MTA
Outcome: success and failure of endodontic therapy
Enhanced Clinical Practice of Endodontology (20 credits)
This module introduces further practical skills required for effective surgical treatment. The module will introduce more advanced surgical procedures to be carried out under the supervision of an experienced clinical tutor within an approved Clinical Training Centre.
Manipulation of mineral trioxide aggregate in perforation repair
Techniques for removal of obturation materials
Techniques for removal of intra-canal blockages and negotiating curved canals
Flap design and suture techniques in endodontic microsurgery (pigs head dissection)
Microscopic retrograde (root-end) preparation with ultrasonics
Use of various retrograde obturation materials
Evidence Based Dentistry (20 credits)
The module seeks to develop your skills in order to plan, undertake and present the findings of a dental or oral health related research project.
Extended Clinical Practice Module (20 credits)
This module provides further time treating patients under supervision in the UCLan Dental Clinic. It will provide an opportunity to treat patients using a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years of the course.
Dentistry Professional Project (40 credits)
The dissertation will form a major component in the final year of the Masters programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to the discipline under scrutiny. You will be encouraged to adopt a balanced perspective in the treatment process as they analyse the research material. The project will be written up in the agreed Masters degree format. You will also be encouraged to write a short article suitable for submission for presentation at appropriate conference and where possible for publication in a specialty related journal. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a professional writing style and to achieve publication.
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