Established by Dr David Parkins, EndoSure is a leading provider of Endodontic care in New Zealand.
David graduated with a BDS in 1980 from the University of Otago, and completed his post graduate studies in Endodontics in 1986 at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA. There David trained with two of the world’s leading authorities on Endodontics at a pivotal time in the development of this specialist field.
Returning in 1986, David established New Zealand’s first private specialist Endodontic Practice, in Auckland where he continues to practice today. He is a past president of the NZ Society of Endodontics, The Auckland Dental Association, and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontics.
David is an active member of the New Zealand Dental Association, Fellow of the New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Society of Endodontics, Australian Society of Endodontology, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontics, International Association of Dental Traumatology and the American Association of Endodontics. He has presented numerous lectures and hands-on training courses in endodontics and remains active in the area of continuing professional development throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Nina graduated with a BDS (credit) from the University of Otago in 2006, and after spending a year as a house surgeon at Kew Hospital in Invercargill, worked in private practice in Christchurch until 2015. She then returned to Dunedin and completed a Clinical Doctorate in Endodontics in 2017. Nina’s doctoral research investigated traumatic dental injuries in the New Zealand adult population.
Nina is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, the New Zealand Society of Endodontists, and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists. She regularly attends courses and conferences both locally and further afield.
In her spare time Nina enjoys kitesurfing with her partner Dan, along with other water sports, walks with their dog and mountain biking. Originally from Whangarei, she is enjoying being back in the ‘winterless’ north.
David and Nina are supported by:
Recently joined the practice as a receptionist after 25 years working in the airline industry.
Experienced specialist dental assistant who joined the practice in 2009 after 7 years working as a clinical assistant and practice administrator in a general dental practice.
We use the very latest technology and equipment including:
- Adec dental chairs and units
- Nickel Titanium rotary instrumentation
- The latest in bonded tooth coloured restorative materials.
- Digital imaging from Schick Elite
- Sirona XG3D Cone Beam CT scanner
- Global operating microscope
I was referred to David for root canal treatment in my crowned premolar. An abscess had developed in the bone at the end of the roots which was in close proximity to a titanium implant. David drilled through the cap to complete the root filling. all without pain. Over the past year the tooth was reviewed with follow up x-rays which showed resolution of the infection and bone healing. Thanks to David's skillful surgery and personal attention, the tooth was saved and the cap was undamaged. There was no charge for the return visits. Thank you David for total perfection and your follow up care.
Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed, and is the preferred choice over tooth extraction. Nothing, not even the most advanced bridges and implants, can truly replace your natural tooth. If your dentist recommends tooth extraction, ask if a root canal could save your tooth. Endodontic treatment removes the injured pulp (soft inner tissue) of your tooth then fills and seals the space. Your tooth is then restored and can function just like any other tooth for the rest of your life, ensuring comfortable chewing and a natural appearance.
Endodontists can often save the most severely injured teeth. If your tooth cannot be saved — and some cannot — you may consider replacements such as a bridge or dental implant. Your options may depend upon the condition of surrounding teeth and bone structure. Dental implant procedures can be complex, costly and they often require several visits and several month’s healing time before the procedure can be completed. Do everything possible to save your teeth before considering tooth extraction. Nothing is as good as your natural tooth!
The anatomy of the tooth
To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
At EndoSure, we provided advanced clinical procedures and treatment options to help you save your teeth painlessly and avoiding unnecessary extractions.
Fees, ACC and Payment
The fee for your treatment will be based on the extent of that treatment. During your first visit we will discuss the probable number of visits, their length, and the fees involved.
Your initial consultation appointment will cost between $190 and $385.00. This fee will depend on whether ACC is contributing to the cost of your treatment, the type of radiographic investigation required and the complexity of your case. After thorough assessment of the information gained we will provide you with a comprehensive written treatment plan with all costs detailed. In some cases, where time permits and costs have been outlined along with informed consent we may be able to start your treatment. This often occurs when discomfort or dysfunction is a presenting symptom.
Please pay for your treatment at the end of each appointment. Full estimates are available on request. We do not deal directly with insurance companies.
If your treatment involves a potential ACC element please note all oral trauma incidents should be registered with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Any dental professional can supply you with the relevant ACC form (ACC42). It is important to establish
a claim in order to become eligible for compensation in treating your injury. The Corporation will contribute to the cost of treatment as outlined in the current Schedule of Dentists’ Costs. ACC may not fully fund the cost of your treatment or rehabilitation, meaning part payment will be required by you to the service provider. The majority of treatments will require prior approval under the current legislation. For this to occur, we
will require accurate up-to-date radiographs, photographs and a clinical description of the injuries. Emergency treatment can be carried out without prior approval but subsequent care will require approval.
If you are referred for continuing care, we will also require your original ACC claim number and date of accident. Any previous records about your injury or earlier treatment will be helpful to us in applying for prior approval or
to re-establish a claim for on-going treatment.