Endodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, etiology, diagnosis, treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular tissues.

Content

The NDSE will test a candidate's knowledge of endodontic principles at the specialty level in Canada.

Blueprint

Canadian endodontists are required to have broad knowledge and skills in eleven domains of the endodontics examination blueprint. The blueprint below presents the domains and the approximate percentage of questions covered by each domain. 

Endodontics Blueprint

Approximate % of questions

Biomedical Sciences (Includes Anatomy, Physiology, Oral Histology, Oral Pathology, Oral Histopathology, Oral Microbiology, Immunology, Biomaterials)

20

Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy

20

Surgical Root Canal Therapy

10

Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Patient Management

15

Pharmacology

8

Trauma

7

Anesthesia

6

Treatment of medically compromised patient

5

Radiology

5

Research Methods

2

Miscellaneous Topics (Includes Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Orthodontics, Ethics, Asepsis & Sterilization, Implantology)

2

Total

100%

Format

The examination will consist of two three-hour parts. The format consists of a mix of stand-alone short- and long-answer questions that assess knowledge and application, and case-based questions that assess diagnostic and clinical decision-making ability.