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Endodontics

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry dedicated to saving infected teeth. While an endodontist is trained in several different procedures, the most common is root canal treatment.

What is dental pulp?

The soft tissue at the centre of a tooth is the dental pulp. This tissue contains the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve endings.

How does the pulp become infected?

Tooth decay creates cavities in the teeth that enable bacteria to enter the central pulp chamber. A tooth becomes infected when bacteria penetrate the tooth’s surface and attack the pulp.

A crack that forms while chewing or through an accidental injury can also allow bacteria to enter the tooth.

What are the symptoms of a dental pulp infection?

Patients with a pulp infection may notice severe, persistent toothache, discomfort in the jaw, swelling in their gum or sensitivity.

What does an endodontist do besides root canal treatments?

An endodontist has undergone specialist training to perform more complex procedures. These include re-root canals or an apicectomy when the first attempt to save the tooth has failed.

When performing a root canal treatment, a dentist may place a tiny post into the canal to support a crown. While complications are rare, an endodontist will perform a post-removal procedure.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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