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My name is Marc S. and i live in Paris, France.
I just spoke to Dr. Douéck on the phone about à tooth problem ( cavity near pulp) and trying to avoid à root canal.
Since it’ s an émergency i can’t really make it to the States in time.
I am wondering if there are any dentists in Europe that follow your protocols.and philosophy of trying to avoid root canals, and that you could recomend
I am looking for someone in France or Germany or Spain if possible.
Thanks in advance
Try to contact Dr David Gerdolle in Montreaux, Switzerland. He has a teaching center there and is familiar with the protocols that Dr. Pascal Magne and I published last year. He is from Nancy, France (I believe) and has trained a network of dentist in your area. Dr. Magne spoke to a group of 400 dentist in Paris last year and taught our protocols on avoiding pulp exposures and the increased number of root canal treatments that traditional techniques produce. My partner Dr Simone Deliperi has also trained a number of dentists in Italy. So the word about conservative biomimetic dentistry is spreading. I hope you can find a trained dentist in your area.
David S. Alleman, DDS
Alleman-Deliperi Centers for Biomimetic Dentistry
What can you do?
a. Go to your dentist once every 6 months. Dental exam and x-rays are the best way to diagnose cavities.
b. Look out for simple symptoms that can be an indication of problems starting. For example: discoloration of your tooth, sensitivity to sweets and cold and in worse case, piece of tooth breaking off.
c. If a dentist tells you that you have a cavity, you should get it fixed as soon as possible. Once you have a full blown cavity, it cannot be reversed, so might as well get it treated. However, you are always entitled to a second opinion.
With all the advances in preventive dentistry, it shocks me that so many people still get cavities. If the damage continues, they end up with root canal; if the damage gets worse and the teeth cannot be saved, they must be removed and replaced by implants.
In over 30 years of studying this in my own patients, I have found that a few simple habits could have prevented 80 percent of the damage.
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