endodonticAn endodontic diagnosis, or any type of diagnosis, made when treating patients is important because it informs the intention to treat. Clinicians need to come up with a diagnosis that will allow them to prescribe a treatment regimen. It is important medically and legally to put a diagnosis in the patient's chart before treating them to ensure the clinician has a rationale for treatment. Additionally, clinicians need to make a diagnosis so they can effectively communicate with their colleagues.

Our new course, Basic Endodontic Diagnosis, is designed to take the practitioner through the evolution of pulpal breakdown, from normal to necrotic. You will have a comprehensive understanding of the stereotypical signs and symptoms with an emphasis on the current nomenclature promulgated by the American Association of Endodontics Consensus Meeting, 2009.

After viewing these lessons on endodontics, you will have a better understanding of:


  • The rationale behind having a specific endodontic diagnosis for every case

  • Current nomenclature of endodontic diagnosis

  • What to look for ("tools" to use) for every diagnosis

  • The variability in signs and symptoms to be able to make an appropriate decision

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Denise Prichard is the Editor for Spear Education.