Thursday, 12 September 2013

A lovely email from a patient

Thank you very much to the patient who took the time to write this wonderful email and send it to us:

I just wanted to put on record how impressed I was with the service I received to date from Asad and his team.

If I am honest, I have never been a fan of going to the dentist which probably explains the state of my teeth! That said, whilst I don’t look forward to it, I do find the process much better and recently had a crown removed and replaced as I am getting married next month.

Asad and Andrea work very well together and make an excellent team.  Not only was I made to feels as comfortable as possible whilst the crown was replaced, but I was given some additional adhesive when I left just in case I encountered any problems. To top it off Assad rang me yesterday to check I was OK after the procedure which was a very nice personal touch.

In my industry people are quick to criticise but rare to praise, although it is nice when they do. I felt it important therefore to let you know how impressed I am with everything that you do at Longborough Dental Practice.

Thank you for making something that I don’t enjoy, comfortable and ensuring that I have a winning smile on my wedding day.

Yours sincerely Mr M.S.E
Practice Manager

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Root Canal Treatment: myths and misconceptions

Mr William Scott BDS MSc MClinDent

Almost every patient referred to me for root canal treatment has a friend/friends who told the most terribly tales (and were happy to tell them) of spine tingly, horrible, root canal experiences. It is time to lay to rest the misunderstandings, misconceptions, and myths surrounding endodontic (root canal) treatment once and for all.

1. ‘Root Canal Treatment is Painful’ – FALSE

Truth: Root canal treatment does not cause pain, it relieves pain. The belief that root canal work is painful was fostered many, many, decades ago when several aspects of dentistry were in their infancy. Today, with the latest techniques and anaesthetics, root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.

2. ‘Root Canal Treatment Does Not Work’ - FALSE

Truth: studies indicate success rates of 90% to 95% for root canal treatments done by endodontists. Of course, badly done root canal work will fail, just as any type of work done to a poor standard will not be a success.  

On the other hand, clinical excellence backed by the latest techniques, equipment, and materials lead to high levels of long-term success. A root canal treatment done to a high standard on a tooth carefully restored by your dentist and well looked after by the patient can last a lifetime.

3. ‘A Good Alternative to Root Canal Treatment is Extraction’ – False

Truth- Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. Keeping your own teeth is important not just cosmetically, but also functionally; allowing you to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain a healthy balanced diet.

Endodontic treatment, if clinically possible, combined with an appropriate restoration placed by your dentist, is a cost effective way to treat teeth with root canal infections, and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.
Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, for years and years after treatment.  

These healthy teeth help patients chew efficiently; maintain their natural smiles and enhance their quality of life.

William Scott is our new Endodontist at