The Dental Hub
Endodontic Support Sunshine Coast, QLD
Dr Race is a Registered Specialist Endodontist and has the following University Degrees:
- Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics) (Adel)
- Grad Dip Clinical Dentistry (Oral Implants) (Syd)
- Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (Adel)
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Adel)
Dr Race will do all he can to help you achieve and maintain a healthy mouth.
What is an Endodontist and what do they do?
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy — procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it’s Greek. All dentists are trained in diagnosis and endodontic therapy; however, some teeth can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why you may have been referred to an endodontic specialist.
In addition to dental school, endodontists receive two or more years of advanced education in this kind of treatment. They study root canal techniques and procedures in greater depth, for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. For this reason, many dentists choose to refer their patients to endodontists.
What Happens During Endodontic Treatment? or What is a Root Canal?
A local anaesthetic will be given. A sheet of latex called the “rubber dam” (we’ve got nonlatex ones too) will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, hence keeping it clean and dry during treatment. The treatment consists of three or four basic steps, but the number of visits will depend on your particular case. Some treatments take 2 visits, but many are just a single visit. Occasionally 3 appointments are needed.
In any case, it depends on the degree of infection/inflammation and degree of treatment difficulty. To me, it’s more important to do it the very best we can then to meet a specific time criteria. Let’s look at the basic steps for nonsurgical endodontic therapy.
We believe in a team based approach to patient care
We keep the general dentist informed on progress
We provide regular reports and updates
We would be honoured to be part of your team as we believe the general dental practitioner holds the key role as the “central manager” for optimal patient care.