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Endodontics

Endodontics is the specialist area of Dental Medicine aimed at treating pulp pathologies (commonly called the nerve).

Dental pulp is located inside the tooth and is surrounded by hard tissue – dentin – being responsible for dental nutrition and sensitivity by way of the constituent blood vessels and nerves.

Dental pulp lesions may originate from traumatisms, fractures or deep caries. Indicative symptoms of an endodontic problem include spontaneous pain, prolonged sensitivity to cold and/or heat and discomfort to the touch and chewing and one of the most common signs may be the presence of an abscess or fistula (small ball of pus on the gum).

In cases of necrosis or irreversible inflammation of dental pulp, endodontics (root canal treatment) is the only solution to save the tooth and avoid other complications.

As well as eliminating the pathology of the pulp, endodontic treatment allows, in conjunction with the subsequent reconstruction, the chewing function to be returned to the tooth. There is also the possibility of carrying out endodontic retreatment which consists of a new treatment of the root canal system. It shall always be the first treatment option in teeth whose previous endodontic treatment has failed.

With retreatment, all of the existing content inside the root canal system is removed, carrying out a new cleaning and shaping and three-dimensional filling. Having finished the retreatment is performed the restoration of the tooth. 

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Removal of Pulp Tissue

The first step in endodontic treatment involves the removal of the infected or necrosed pulp. Under local anaesthesia and using appropriate burs, an opening is made in the back of the affected tooth (in the case of an anterior tooth) or in the crown (on molar or pre-molar teeth), whereby all the tissue or remains of obturation material from previous endodontic treatments is removed from the dental pulp.

Irrigation (Disinfection) and Obturation of the Root Canals

After removing the pulp or remains of the obturation material from previous endodontic treatments, the pulp chamber and the root canal system to be found in the roots are duly disinfected with a view to eliminating all the bacteria. Once the root canal system has been suitably shaped, they are ready to receive filling, generally speaking carried out using Gutta-Percha and sealer. Once the canals have been filled, the tooth is restored in such a way as to reacquire the natural appearance.

Since the duration of the endodontic treatment depends on various factors, in those situations in which it is not possible to carry out complete treatment at just one appointment, provisional restoration is placed at the access opening with a view to protecting the tooth between appointments.

Endodontics Team

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With the aim to provide you a service with highest quality and rigour, MALO CLINIC has a medical team specialized in Endodontics.

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OMD nº.: 2627

Filipe Graça

Director (Lisbon)
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine.
Teaching Experience
Oral Surgery Assistant at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Lisboa.
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 3799

Nuno Valamatos Pinto

Subdirector (Lisbon)
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine; Master in Endodontics.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 1353

António Vilas

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine at Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz (ISCSEM); Postgraduate in Endodontics at Universitat de Valencia; Master in Dental Medicine at ISCSEM.
Teaching Experience
Endodontics Invited Assistant at Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz.
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 4827

Patrícia Fernandes

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine.
Teaching Experience
Monitor of Maxillofacial Imagiology at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Lisboa.
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 5265

Carlos Saramago

Director (Porto) | Clinical subdirector Porto
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine at Universidade Fernando Pessoa; Graduated in Endodontics at Universidade Internacional da Catalunha.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 1818

Margarida Cruz

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dentistry at Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde – Norte
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 6983

Ricardo Seixas Alves

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Integrated Master in Dental Medicine.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 6355

Eliana Castro

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra; Graduated in Endodonthics at ISCS-N - Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde – Norte.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 7519

Joana Rocha

Dentist | Aveiro Clinical Director
Academic Degrees
Integrated Master in Dental Medicine at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Coimbra.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 8141

Rita Ponceano

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Integrated Master in Dental Medicine at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Lisboa.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 4827

Patrícia Fernandes

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine.
Teaching Experience
Monitor of Maxillofacial Imagiology at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Lisboa.
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 8261

Filipa Macedo Alves

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Integrated Master in Dental Medicine at Instituto de Ciências da Saúde do Norte; Postgraduate in Tempero-mandibular Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 6091

Joana Almeida

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Degree in Dental Medicine at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária de Coimbra; Graduated at “Pediatric Dentistry” at CESPU - Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Politécnico e Universitário.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 7519

Joana Rocha

Dentist | Aveiro Clinical Director
Academic Degrees
Integrated Master in Dental Medicine at Faculdade de Medicina Dentária da Universidade de Coimbra.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Publications

OMD nº.: 7889

Tiago Simões Pereira

Dentist
Academic Degrees
Post-graduation in Implantology; Integrated Master in Dental Medicine; Master in Cell Biology; Degree in Biochemistry.
Teaching Experience
Awards & Recognitions
Honorable Mention in Research Prize of SPEMED (2011); Merit Scholarship awarded by Universidade do Porto; Prize for the highest marks of all Courses of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto.
Publications

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