Cariology and Endodontics

Cariology and endodontics comprise two major subjects in the dentistry curriculum with courses from the 4th semester (BA) to the 4th semester (MA). The courses in the BA-programme provide a thorough insight into the cause, progression and treatment of diseases in the hard dental tissues, with specific focus on caries.

Focus is also given to pathology and diagnostics of caries and how to detect active lesion(s) at an early stage when preventive measures may stop further decay, and thus avoiding operatic interventions. It is important to know when operatic intervention is indicated and knowledge regarding clinical and theoretical aspects that lead to optimal treatment is essential. Particular emphasis is also given to clinical and biological consequences of restorative treatment as well as the choice of dental materials used in operatic interventions. This is a subject that has expanded in recent years as new materials such as composite resin, glass ionomer and compomer are introduced as alternatives to well-known materials such as amalgam, ceramics and cast gold.

Students are also trained in verifying whether the pulp can be kept intact in relation to trauma and operative treatment with varying degrees of dental tissue destruction and whether operatic treatment is necessary or may be avoided.

Endodontics also deals with diagnostics of normal variations and deviations, pathological conditions in the pulp and the apical periodontium and the relevant clinical treatments. What is the reason for and the typical course of periapical inflammation, and what is the proper treatment?

Students are trained in the ability of assessing the quality and effect of different forms of prevention/treatment.