The basis of the Component II Examination is the discussion of case scenarios. The cases cover subjects generally understood to constitute the science and art of Endodontics, the supporting basic sciences, and related subjects:
Sciences (as it pertains to Endodontics)
Therapeutics & Pharmacology.
Clinical Techniques & Treatment.
Adjunctive Disciplines e.g. Periodontics, Prosthetics, and Implantology .
Management of Medically Compromised Patients
Topics for Review
This outline is provided as a guide for candidates in preparation for both Components of the NDSE. This is only a suggested list of topics for study and should not be considered a comprehensive and all-inclusive outline; it should be considered as a minimal set of topics and suggestions from which candidates may expand appropriately.
Candidates should be prepared to quote at least some research literature to defend their position in each subject category. Complete details of studies are not always necessary, but if details are known, provide them. Candidates should avoid padding their answers with irrelevant facts and figures. Unsolicited information will not improve grades.
Topics of Study
Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy
Treatment of Medically Compromised Patient
Asepsis and Sterilization
Candidate Study Guide
The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during Component II of the National Dental Specialty Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.
Try to relax and listen carefully to the questions.
Notepads and pens will be available for note taking. All notes must be left in the Examination room at the end of the Examination.
When asked to describe something, do not skip to the obvious conclusion and ignore other important details. The examiners are interested in observing the process used by the candidate to critically assess the item. Do not stare at an image quietly; candidates should verbalize their thought processes and describe what they see.
The Examination cases have been selected to be representative of the skills and knowledge a qualified specialist with appropriate training should be able to personally manage. Whether candidates treat a particular type of patient in their practice or provide a particular procedure in their office is irrelevant.
Candidates should handle each case as though it were a patient presenting to his/her office, and answer the questions as if he/she was personally treating the patients in his/her practice.
Candidates may ask to have questions repeated and to see images again if needed. Candidates may also ask to see additional images. Once a case is completed and the Examination has progressed to the next case, candidates cannot answer questions on previous cases.
All the case material must be covered during the allotted time period. Answer the questions in a succinct and organized manner. Candidates that stall or ramble will be refocused to the original question by the examiners.
The examiners remain impartial and have been trained not to give candidates any indication whether their responses are correct or incorrect. This behaviour may appear unfriendly to some candidates, but it is essential to ensure that no candidates receive helpful positive reinforcement from examiners.
Do not argue or debate with the examiners in an attempt to elicit information or the correct response. If there are legitimate differences of opinion on how to treat a case within a specialty, select the mainstream option and then mention possible alternative approaches.
Remember that there are never any trick questions.