Octavian Moldovan


GDC registration 111549tavi

Octavian graduated from The University of Dental Medicine in Bucharest in 2001. After successfully running his own private practice in his hometown he relocated to England in 2007 where he started working as a general dental practitioner. His passion was always the restorative part of dentistry but soon he developed a very keen interest in root canal treatment procedures and the restoration of broken-down teeth.

Endodontics soon became Octavian`s passion, and he started working with a Dental Operating Microscope in 2012. Working under magnification and light made possible to enhance his senses for the best visual control inside a tooth. Using a rotary engine with multiple file systems and ultrasonic tools proved to be efficient and precise with shaping and cleaning the root canals.

Dentist Testimonials

“During my time in Ashburton, I have had the pleasure to work with Dr Moldovan, ‘Tavi’, and have come to appreciate his expertise in endodontology. His endodontic knowledge and clinical skills in working under an operating microscope meet the same level as many specialist endodontic colleagues of mine. My endodontic nurse also reports that Tavi has great empathy with patients and is a pleasure to assist. I am therefore confident that you can continue to refer your endodontic cases, safe in the knowledge that your patients will receive the same level of endodontic treatment I strived to achieve. I know I will be happy to refer myself, family and friends, to Dr Moldovan if ever we require endodontic treatment.”

Dr Kenneth Green, Specialist in Endodontics

Patient Testimonials

“I have recently undergone root canal treatment by Octavian Moldovan. I was so apprehensive as even the thought of attending a dentist sent me into a spin. However, Tavi explained the whole process with his experience using my X-rays and images. He was absolutely brilliant at keeping me calm and informed during the whole 2.75 hours in the chair. Tavi was extremely professional, considerate and caring throughout and, together with his assistant, created a very calm environment. I would thoroughly recommend Tavi and would like to thank him for his immense kindness during a traumatic time for me.”

Laura, Blandford

Case Photos

Octavian Moldovan Case 1 – Intricate endodontic anatomy of a palatal root of a maxillary first molar. An upper left first maxillary molar was presenting symptoms of pulpitis and was referred to us for endodontic treatment. At the initial appointment, the tooth was symptomatic only when eating seeded food and was at times sensitive to cold and hot.
Octavian Case 1

Nothing abnormal was detected on the macroscopic clinical examination and an initial radiograph was not showing signs of periapical radiolucency but was indicating deep restorations or deep caries that would involve the pulp. Using the dental operating microscope at high magnification, we managed to establish that the pulpitis was possibly due to a tooth fracture that was limited to the coronal area.

Diagnosis: Crown fracture and irreversible pulpitis from UL6.

Treatment: Single visit root canal therapy was initiated. On accessing the pulp chamber, calcific pulp transformation was observed. This was due to long term pulp irritation from tooth deflection during use. We were also able to confirm that the crack was limited coronally.

This most interesting part of this case was the palatal root anatomy with separate canals apically and separate portals of exit: a Vertucci type V palatal root configuration/ Christie Type 3 four rooted upper maxillary molar.

We treated the case in the palatal space using the 25x magnification setting from cleaning, shaping, and disinfection to warm gutta-percha obturation. The access cavity was sealed using Core X dual-cure composite. The tooth is now asymptomatic and functional. A few weeks later, a full cuspal coverage restoration was planned by the referring dentist.

Above are the post-operative radiographs from two different angles. A combination of using the dental operating microscope and warm vertical condensation were the key elements for management of this case.

As in every case, copious amounts of sodium hypochlorite and a small amount of EDTA were used for irrigation. Dynamic activation was performed using sonic or ultrasonic activation tips. The root canal space was left free of debris, clean and dry, with no traces of secretions or bleeding from the apical area.