How to prepare for Endodontics Practical exams
Talking about ENDO
It’s a little tricky in exam. Lots of things strike the mind when it comes to endo.
- The fear of exposing the pulp.
- The fear of damaging the adjacent tooth or cutting too much tooth structure.
- The fear of running short of time…. oh, it’s never ending!
♦ Choose the correct patient. A clear case of food lodgment with slight discoloration is an ideal one for the exam. Do not take cases which show deep lesions on radiograph close to the pulp.
♦ Your patient should normally give you a history of food lodgment or discoloration
♦ Always round off the axio-pulpal line angle.
♦ First thing you should see is whether you have a good set of clean instruments.
♦ Never use brand new burs directly in exam. They cut immensely.
♦ Use a PDL probe to keep measuring the depth of cavity. If you feel you’re too deep, use a spoon excavator.
♦ Carry cotton rolls.
♦ Use a small piece of matrix band to protect the adjacent tooth from unwanted damage.
♦ Pre-dip your wedges in some LA so that they stop bleeding at the site which helps in maintaining isolation.
♦ Always keep a small piece of cotton in the prepared cavity, before showing it to the examiner.
Intern, YMT Dental College, Navi Mumbai
Noora Pathan has been the final year topper and consistent MUHS rank holder. Besides dentistry, she likes to snuggle in with her novels or devour falafels with hummus.