Patient resources

The ESE is developing a range of videos for patients each with easy-to-understand graphics along with subtitles and a voice over that explains in simple terms the topic of the film.  The videos are available in a range of languages on the ESE channel on YouTube – see: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd30Wm7rDe2GTJvYGOUdS4A/videos

The aim of these patient-centred videos is to provide information to aid understanding for patients who are looking for information on various key topics within the specialty of endodontics, that is, diseases and treatments associated with the dental pulp and the tissues surrounding teeth.

Endodontic treatments

This video explains how the dental pulp and the tissues surrounding the tooth can become infected and cause pain and swelling. The video also describes the wide range of treatments that are available to relieve symptoms and save teeth. These so called, endodontic treatments, can be performed by all dentists; however, some dentists have additional knowledge, training and experience within the specialty.

An ESE video describing the scope of VITAL PULP TREATMENT to inform patients of how saving all or some of the pulp can be achieved - and how it can avoid root canal treatment in carefully selected cases. View in other languages

This video explains how the dental pulp can become inflamed, infected and cause pain. The video describes the various treatments available to save the pulp by removing the infected pulp tissue and protecting the pulp with a safe and non-toxic material prior to restoring the tooth. These so called, vital pulp treatments, can be performed by all dentists; however, some dentists have additional knowledge, training and experience within the specialty.

 

An ESE video describing the correct indications of Antibiotics in Endodontics and the risks related to their misuse.

This video explains when antibiotics should be prescribed for patients with pulp and/or periapical disease. It emphasises that antibiotics are required for only a small number of clinical scenarios and that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics will lead bacteria becoming resistant to these drugs. Your dentist will know when to prescribe antibiotics and which antibiotics to use.

An ESE video describing the process of REVITALIZATION of an injured dental pulp after an accident.

Revitalization is a biologically-based approach, which is sometimes referred to as ‘revascularization’ or ‘regenerative endodontic procedures’. It aims to (re)generate pulp-like tissue inside the root canal when the nerve of the tooth has died and become infected. Most often it is carried out on immature teeth where the roots have not yet developed fully. It results not only in a resolution of pain and inflammation, but also in healing of the tissues around the root. Revitalization can result in an increase of root length and thickness, which is expected to improve the strength of the immature root.

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