Dr Stefan Klinge starts his series of endodontic webinars. The first one is on diagnosis in endodontics . In the first part Dr Klinge provides the basic principles of diagnosis and focuses on the important aspects of history taking, communication and tips on good questining and listening techniques to help attain the information the practitioners wants to gain a good diagnosis
After being up during the night tossing, turning and taking analgesics the last thing on a patient’s mind is retaining the tooth which has caused them such discomfort. If this wasn’t difficult enough for the patient to comprehend: then the idea that retaining the tooth will involve a root canal treatment, possibly a crown, four visits to the surgery and much expense; it’s a wonder more of our patients don’t opt for extraction.
Therefore it is usually not far into the consultation appointment when the question, “Doctor, how long has my tooth got?” is asked.