Why see a specialist endodontist?

A specialist endodontist has undergone many years of dedicated advanced training and gained invaluable experience in the field.

We have access to the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and carry out numerous root canal procedures per week, many more than your general dentist. Our in-house microscope allows us to perform accurate and precise microsurgery procedures which can’t be achieved at your general dental practice.

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What does the treatment involve?

Before surgery, we take time to carefully plan the procedure, taking a CBCT scan if required to aid diagnosis. We make sure you are fully informed before the treatment and give you the chance to ask any questions.

We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area, and ensure you are feeling comfortable before beginning the procedure. It’s normal to feel a little nervous about a surgical procedure, but we are here to reassure and help you.

Using a dental microscope to aid incredible accuracy and precision, we open your gum near the affected tooth to locate the underlying bone and remove infected and inflamed tissue. The very end of the tooth root is also removed, in a procedure known as an apicectomy.

We place a small filling at the end of the root canal to seal it and add a few stitches to your gum to help it heal. Over time, new tissue will grow to replace the infected tissue we have removed. We give you some post-surgery instructions and advice, and inform your dentist of the outcome of your treatment.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Many patients are able to return to work and their normal routines the day after surgery, although you should go home and not to work immediately following your treatment. You can expect to feel some swelling in the affected area and discomfort for the first few days, but this can be managed with painkillers such as paracetamol.

  • We use local anaesthetic to minimise your discomfort and ensure you are feeling at ease before we begin your surgery. You may feel some soreness for the first few days following your treatment as you heal, but this is to be expected and can be managed with pain medication.

  • We advise you avoid biting or chewing food until after your local anaesthetic has worn off, around 2-3 hours following treatment. For the first few days, stick to softer food and try not to eat on the affected area. It is also important to drink lots of fluid, particularly water. We give you detailed advice for after surgery, and are happy to answer any of your questions.

  • Usually, the only other option is to remove your tooth entirely to eliminate the cause of the infection. However, this has further implications, including a loss of support to your facial structure and remaining teeth. A dental restoration, such as an implant or bridge, will need to be fitted to prevent this, which can be expensive.

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Simply complete our online referral form or, if you prefer, download and post your referral to us. Please contact us if you wish to discuss a potential referral by telephone or email.

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The Endodontic Practice
15 Penn Hill Avenue, Parkstone,
Dorset, BH14 9LU
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  • Closed for lunch between 1:00pm & 1:45pm