Slow Endodontics Slow Dentistry

Miguel Stanley and Ken Serota look at how standards in detail practices worldwide impact on patients rights.

The genesis of Slow Dentistry is not only a blessing, but also a necessity. As a platform, it aims to improve the standards of care in dental practices worldwide to ensure patients safety, well-being, comfort andunderstanding.

The founders are building a global network of member clinics committed to taking time with patients during appointments.

They do not interfere in any of the aspects of treatment, nor do they monitor or control clinics and dentists on the quality of the care they provide.

The network is built on four cornerstones;

Rubber dam
Proper disinfection Anaesthesia
Informed Consent

Endodontic therapy requires the highest possible degree of asepsis. Without an impervious barrier to both saliva and moisture-laden breath, the risk factors impacting on positive treatment outcomes increase dramatically.

Rubber dam and an impervious pretreatment restoration of residual coronal tooth structure are essential for the creation of an aseptic environment.

Proper disinfection of all equipment used for treatment

ensures no cross-contamination. Files are used once and discarded.

Anesthesia must be profound and lasting. Verification with electric pulp testing must be done to ensure there will be no pain perception during the procedure.

Informed consent is essential. The patient must be aware of all possible contingencies; restorability, periodontal health, return to function, aesthetics and the anticipated percentage of success.

All tooth structure requires a sound foundation for longevity. It is the paramount clinical mandate to ensure that all treatment done is slow, tested during the procedure and provided with a consideration for excellence.