General Information

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

The scope of Endodontics includes, but is not limited to, the differential diagnosis and treatment of oral pain of pulpal and/or periradicular origin; vital pulp capping and pulpotomy, nonsurgical treatment of root canal systems with or without periradicular pathosis of pulpal origin and the obturation of these root canal systems; selective surgical removal of pathologic tissues resulting from pulpal pathosis; repair procedures related to such surgical removal of pathologic tissues; intentional replantation and replantation of avulsed teeth; surgical removal of tooth structure, such as root-end resection, hemisection, bicuspidization and rood resection; root-end filling; endodontic implants; bleaching of discolored dentin and enamel; retreatment of teeth previously treated endodontically; and treatment procedures related to coronal restorations by means of post and/or cores involving the root canal space.

It is our belief that the development of scientific attitudes, of inquiring minds, and of professional curiosity, is every bit as important as the development of technical skill and craftsmanship.  Put differently, we are dedicated to the task of producing not only a competent endodontic specialist, but a professional person-professional in every sense of the word.


The University of Detroit began its educational work in 1877 and was incorporated as the Detroit College in 1881. In 1911, it was reorganized and became the University of Detroit. In 1990, it consolidated with Mercy College and was given its present name, the University of Detroit Mercy. The School of Dentistry was established in 1932.

The Postgraduate Endodontic Program began in 1959 as a part-time program, with the first graduate in 1961. The first full-time student graduated in 1966, receiving a Certificate in Endodontics. The first Master of Science degree was awarded in 1984. Our graduates are among the leading clinicians, researchers and educators in the United States and Canada.

In 2007, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Advanced Education Program in Endodontics was granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements" by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

In January, 2008 the dental school moved from its Outer Drive Campus location to a new clinical facility on the Corktown campus of the University in the downtown section of the City of Detroit. Included in this facility is a 2000 square foot graduate Endodontic Clinic containing nine operatories, a surgical suite and conference room equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes and digital radiography.