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Endodontics in Startford & Chigwell

Bluebell Dental Practice is delighted to have Endodontist, Dr Apos Bozis, as part of the team.  Dr. Apostolos Bozis DDS MSc (Endodontics) gained his diploma of Dental Surgeon from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1996. Between 2001- 2003 he also successfully completed a Masters Degree in Endodontics at the prestigious Guys Hospital of London. He has worked for a period of two years as an associate at the Royal London Hospital carrying out strictly referred Endodontic cases. Dr. Apostolos Bozis particularly enjoys the challenge of complex root canal treatments


What is root canal treatment?


A root canal treatment is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed with possibly a post and/or a gold or porcelain crown. This enables patients to keep the original tooth


Why do I need root canal treatment?


Without treatment, the infection will spread, the bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth may fall-out. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention. The only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth, which can cause surrounding teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in a bad bite. Though an extraction is cheaper, the space left behind will require an implant or a bridge, which can be more expensive than root canal therapy. If you have the choice, it's always best to keep your original teeth.

What are the benefits and alternatives?

A: Root canal treatment is intended to allow you to keep your tooth for a longer period, which will help to maintain your natural bite and the healthy functioning of your jaws. Extracting your tooth is the most common alternative to root canal treatment. This alternative may require replacing the extracted tooth with a removable or fixed bridge or an artificial tooth called an implant.