The Department of Endodontics has the primary responsibility for education of DMD students regarding the dental pulp. Dental students receive clinical instruction to the level of competence in performing uncomplicated endodontic (root canal) procedures.
Pulp Biology interfaces with all basic and clinical dental science disciplines. Endodontics is a clinical discipline presently in high demand from the public.
The department has three full time Endodontists as the core faculty
- Madelyn Coar, MS, DMD
Director of DMD Endodontics
- Larry Alley, DMD
Associate Professor Endodontics
- Paul D. Eleazer, DDS, MS, Chairman
Several local Endodontists serve as adjunct clinical faculty to expand the resources of the teaching mission and to enrich the faculty.
In addition to modern offices for the faculty and a departmental administrative assistant, we enjoy a large clinic devoted to clinical Endodontics. Each of the eight residents maintain their own enclosed treatment operatory equipped with digital radiography and a clinical microscope. Modern instrument delivery systems are in place. The undergraduate clinic is in a large bay surrounded by the residents' operatories. This bay has divider walls between the eight DMD chairs. Senior Endodontic residents typically serve a short stint with the neighboring Veterans Administration Hospital and receive a modest stipend for their efforts.