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As a General Dental Surgeon with a focus in Endodontics (root canal treatment) we are interested in two things: relieving pain and saving your teeth. An Endodontist is a dental surgeon with advanced education in root canal therapy. We are trained to diagnose and manage conditions that if not treated would most likely cause infection and tooth loss.
Root canal treatment, or endodontics, involves removing damaged or dead nerves and blood vessels in the tooth root that have become infected due to decay, cracks or trauma. The space left is then filled with a material that seals the tooth and keeps it functioning as before. Re-treatment involves the removal of existing root filling material, recleaning the canals and placing new filling material.
If root treatment is not done, then the tooth has to be extracted. Even though you may not have any symptoms at the time, failure to eradicate infection may lead to sudden formation of a painful abscess and/or spread of the infection which may be more difficult to treat and take longer to heal.
Our dental chair Local anaesthetic is used at every stage of the procedure to ensure your comfort. Following treatment, the tooth may feel a little tender for a few days, but this can be normally controlled with the same medication that you might use for a headache. You will be advised of the need for medication at the end of the appointment.
This will vary according to the complexity of the root canals and any problems that are encountered. To achieve success it is important that the procedure is not rushed. For a back tooth a one and a half hour appointment is usually required on the first visit; further time required can be gauged at the end of this appointment. Looking through to our dental surgery Often it is possible to complete treatment in one visit. It may be necessary to follow up on the treatment on a regular basis to monitor healing.
With the use of a high-powered operating microscope and other modern techniques, root canal treatment and re-treatment has a high rate of success. It should however be remembered that it is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the best treatment, healing may not occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this occur, further steps may be required to eradicate the infection.
Treatment will weaken the tooth and it is essential that you return to your dentist so that the tooth can be properly restored. A crown or cap is often necessary on a back tooth and until it is fitted you should take care not to bite too hard on the tooth.
While Dr. Valentine is not an endodontic specialist, he limits a proportion of his practice to endodontics, spending up to half of his time completing root canal treatment. Dental equipment He has equipped his surgery with the latest high tech equipment typical of a progressive endodontic specialty practice.
Dr John Valentine completed his undergraduate dental school education at the University of Liverpool. He received his dental degree in 1986 and has always had an interest in endodontics. He is a member of the British Endodontic Society.
At Coppull Dental Centre we incorporate the latest advances in endodontic equipment and techniques to improve and facilitate the way that we care for our patients' teeth in the UK. These result in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions for root canal problems.
The modern operating microscope allows us to apply microscopic examination methods and microsurgical techniques in dental care, thereby leading to new levels of diagnosis and therapy. Optimum magnifications and illumination permit the visualization of even the finest details in the tooth structure, details which are simply not visible with the naked eye. This provides an unparalleled level of precision for endodontics.
This modern-day replacement to x-ray film is particularly suited to endodontics. It exposes patients to less radiation whilst producing an image of superb quality that is viewed instantaneously on a computer monitor. The ability to magnify the image can also help in diagnosis and education for the patient.
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