scott turner endodontist

about us

about

Scott Turner Endodontics opened in October 2006. We are a specialist endodontic practice. The vast majority of our patients are seen on a referral basis, most often being referred by their general dentist. Usually referral to a specialist endodontist is required for a specific problem which is often beyond the scope and skill that can be provided by a general dentist. Being a specialist practice, we only provide advanced endodontic treatment.

what to expect

Your first appointment will be a comprehensive and informative consultation. Following investigation and diagnosis, Dr Turner will explain all treatment options to you, any factors specific to your particular tooth and answer any questions you have.

This process enables you to make an informed decision regarding your tooth. A letter will be posted or emailed to you the same day detailing the findings and discussion at your consultation. The expected success rate for your treatment and a quote for your treatment will also be given. Your dentist will be kept informed via a letter following your consultation and again when treatment has been completed.

what happens next?

If endodontic treatment is your preferred option, two treatment appointments are usually required. The length of these appointments depends on which tooth is being treated and the level of difficulty involved. If the problem with your tooth is particularly difficult then three appointments may be required to complete treatment.

tools

At the first appointment, the tooth is anaesthetised, and a rubber dam is placed over the tooth to isolate it from saliva and for patient safety. The tooth is accessed (as for a filling) and the root canal system is cleaned, shaped and disinfected. At the end of this appointment, an antibacterial dressing and temporary filling is placed. The antibacterial dressing is left in place for 2-4 weeks. This allows time for any symptoms to resolve and early healing to begin.

At the second appointment, the tooth is again anaesthetised and opened. Any final shaping is completed, before the canal(s) are filled and sealed. A permanent restoration is then placed on the tooth. If a crown has been recommended (often for posterior teeth), your own dentist will usually do this 6 months after endodontic treatment is complete.