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The Cork endodontic practice was established in January 1998 by Dr. Patrick O'Driscoll. It was one of the first in the Ireland to use microscope enhanced vision in the treatment of patients needed root canal treatment. An endodontist is a specialist who carries out root canal therapy in order to keep natural teeth present in the mouth.  We undertake root canal treatment, mainly for patients from the counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford (the Munster region mainly), but patients have attended from all over Ireland and indeed the world. We are located just off the main Bandon Road roundabout on the Cork South Link Road. Our aim is to provide kind and gentle dental treatment to the highest standards available.


Curriculum Vitae: Patrick O’Driscoll gained his Bachelor in Dental Surgery from University College Cork (National University of Ireland) in 1986. He was a general dentist for nine years before attending the University of London (Eastman Dental Institute). He graduated with a Master in Science (Endodontics) in the University of London before returning to Cork to undertake a further Masters in Medical Science (Endodontics), for research purposes in 1999. He set up the Cork Endodontic Clinic in Bishopstown, Cork in 1998, with a branch practice in Limerick. Patrick now operates from only one centre of excellence in Cork, which was established in 2002. He has a special interest in Dental Trauma, dental surgery and use of microscopes in root canal treatment. The Cork Endodontic Clinic takes referrals from dentists and is limited to root canal treatment. He is a member of the Irish Dental Association and was previously President of the Munster Branch of the Irish Dental Association. He is also a certified member of the European Society of Endodontology. He  holds membership of the American Association of Endodontists and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. Recently, he was made a fellow of the International Association of Dental Traumatology.





Root canal treatment involves the removal of the contents of the root canal. The root canal is the hollow centre of the root of the tooth, thereby avoiding extraction. In a normal tooth it contains the pulp. This consists of the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that creates the dentine and the enamel that make up the tooth. Root canal treatment is needed if the pulp becomes infected or inflamed and the pulp has to be removed. It can also be performed electively, on the odd occasion.