Course ObjectiveCompetences covered according to the General Educational Framework
Dentistry 2008: I a-j (5), II (5)
• knows how and is able to obtain relevant clinical information
(biological, technical, psychological, social) from patients’ history,
examination and special tests) and to analyse and integrate it to
identify the nature of their problem.
• has in depth knowledge of special tests like percussion and thermic
tests, electronic vitality test, illumination and tooth-slooth test.
• knows how and is able to diagnose the nature of pain, combining
relevant clinical information (biological, technical, psychological,
social) from patients’ history, examination and special tests like
muscular sensitivities and temporomandibular joint tests, and to analyse
and integrate it to identify the nature of their problem.
• is familiarized/ has adequate knowledge and is able to apply
radiographic procedures as well as modern imaging techniques such as
CBCT, MRI and OCT: rationales, methodologies and limitations.
• understands and is able to apply the specific guidelines of different
national and international organizations.
Course ContentDifficult diagnostic cases are often a challenge to the clinician. This
course is meant to thoroughly cover topics related to diagnosis and
physiology. Pain and its mechanisms will be explained and both
odontogenic and non-odontogenic pain will be discussed.
Modern imaging methods and other diagnostic procedures will be
critically appraised. The specific guidelines of different national and
international organizations will be compared and discussed. Diagnostic
skills will be developed and diagnostic methods will be practiced in the
clinical setting. One clinical session will be conducted where students
practice on each other the different test methods and diagnostic skills.
The participation of the student in this session will be evaluated by
Teaching MethodsSeminars; Working group; Presentation; Projects; Assignments
Method of AssessmentLearning assessment
The student needs to pass all components mentioned below
• Overall assessment of assignments (theoretical and practical) during
the seminars (grade: Good; Pass; or Fail)
• Written exam (grade: 1 – 10)
• A prerequisite for grade registration (grade 1-10) is successful
completion of the seminar assignments. In case of a fail for one or more
of the seminar assignments and a pass for the final exam, a 5.0 will be
registered and students will need to retake the relevant seminar
Literature• “Pathways of the Pulp”, Hargreaves & Cohen (compulsory)
• “Essential Endodontology”, Orstavik & Pitt Ford (compulsory)
• “Orofacial pain”- Barry J. Sessle, 2014
• “Orofacial pain” – Reny de Leeuw and Gary Klasser, 2013
• “Textbook of Endodontology” – Bergenholtz & Reit *
• Reader with selected research papers (compulsory)
Additional InformationEntry requirements: The orientation/ introduction module must have been
|Period||Ac. Year (sept)|
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Dentistry|
|Course Coordinator||dr. H. Shemesh|
|Examiner||dr. H. Shemesh|
dr. H. Shemesh
drs. C.J. Warnsinck
You need to register for this course yourself