A root canal treatment alternative? GDPs wanted for important research study

06 February, 2023 / editorial

Researchers look at alternative procedure for tackling irreversible pulpitis

An alternative to root canal treatment, the favoured procedure for saving teeth damaged by advanced decay, is being explored by researchers.

The ‘Pulpotomy for the management of Irreversible Pulpitis in mature teeth’ (PIP) Study is looking at the clinical and cost effectiveness of root canal treatment compared with full pulpotomy.

Treating decay is estimated to cost the NHS £3.4 billion a year. Using pulpotomy would potentially be less time-consuming and cheaper.

A team based at Dundee University’s School of Dentistry aims to recruit 530 patient participants from 50 dental practices across Scotland and England to take part in the year-long study.

“Research has already been conducted in children’s teeth that supports using pulpotomy instead of root canal treatment,” said Professor Jan Clarkson, one of the study leads. “However, there are gaps in our knowledge about using pulpotomy in adult’s teeth.”

The study will consider the pain experienced by patients, the impact of treatment on their lives, whether further treatment is needed due to infection and the time and financial costs incurred.

If you would like further information, please contact – PIP-Study@dundee.ac.uk

If you are interested in being involved in this primary care research study, please complete the following Site Initiation Questionnaire by scanning the QR Code – this will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

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