The PIP Study is looking at alternative ways to treat toothache and tooth decay.
Severe toothache and pain can be caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is very common and treating decay costs the NHS over £3.4 billion each year. Where the tooth decay has spread deep into the nerve, this is usually treated by taking out the tooth or by Root Canal Treatment. Root canal treatment removes all of the nerve from the tooth.
An alternative treatment for this kind of toothache is called a Pulpotomy. A Pulpotomy removes only the damaged part of the nerve, which can be a quicker and less invasive treatment.
We are recruiting dental practices in England and Scotland
For more information about taking part in the study please contact PIP-Study@dundee.ac.uk
I am a dentist – how do I join the study?
The PIP Study
The PIP study will compare the effectiveness of full pulpotomy and root canal treatment for irreversible pulpitis in permanent premolar and molar teeth in adult teeth. The study is to take place in primary care dental practices across Scotland and England.
PIP Feasibility Study
At the start of the PIP Study, we will conduct a small” feasibility study” to determine if conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial in primary care is achievable.
We will recruit 40 patient participants from 10 general dental practices in Scotland and England. We are looking for dental practices to recruit four adult patients (16 years and older) seeking treatment at NHS dental practices with symptoms of irreversible pulpitis and for all of these patients to receive a full pulpotomy. The feasibility study will take place over 12 months and patient participants will be followed up 7 days after treatment.
The NHS National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme has commissioned a collaborative team from the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, King's College London, Liverpool, Sheffield, and NHS Education for Scotland to conduct this research.
If you are interested in being involved in this primary care research study, or would like further details, please contact us to arrange a short briefing to answer any questions you may have about involvement with PIP.
Contact the team: PIP-Study@dundee.ac.uk
This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme ((NIHR HTA ref:129230) and run by University of Dundee and University of Aberdeen. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.