Awareness Campaign Launched To Prevent Unneccessary Tooth Removal
Today (Monday March 7 2011) leading dental professionals are
launching the Saving Teeth Awareness Campaign to provide
information to patients who have a tooth infection that could
result in tooth loss. The campaign was prompted by the widespread
lack of awareness amongst patients that many teeth can be saved by
endodontics (root canal therapy).
Recent figures for the NHS show that two million teeth were
removed last year but only approximately half a million root
treatments were undertaken*. The options for replacing a lost tooth
might be a bridge, a denture or an implant. In the interests of
dental health, however, if the natural tooth can be saved through
root canal therapy and adequately restored, it should be first
The campaign's key messages are:
- Saving a tooth is, where possible, better for the health of
- A well root-treated tooth covered with a crown can survive for
many years if not for the rest of your life.
- If a tooth becomes infected and left untreated bone loss can
Backing for the Saving Teeth Awareness Campaign, spearheaded by
root canal specialist Julian Webber, a world leader in the field of
endodontics and his colleague and endodontic specialist, Trevor
Lamb, is growing. Supporters include recognised authorities in
areas such as restorative dentistry, oral surgery, and the
psychology of dentistry along with patients and high profile
supporters Michael Winner and Peter Snow.
The campaign would like to see the NHS recognising and
remunerating the additional skills and costly equipment used by
specialists and dentists with additional training. With new dental
payment systems about to be piloted next month (April), and
widespread agreement that the NHS should be rewarding quality, it
is an ideal time to introduce commissioning of specialist treatment
in general practice.