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Root Canal in Surrey

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At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide comprehensive and effective solutions for dental health, including specialised care such as Root Canal Treatment. Our skilled team is committed to preserving your natural teeth and relieving pain associated with infections or damage to the tooth’s pulp.

Root Canal Treatment involves the careful removal of the infected or damaged pulp, thorough cleaning, and the sealing of the tooth. This procedure not only alleviates discomfort but also saves your natural tooth from extraction. With a focus on patient comfort and precise dental care, our Root Canal Treatment aims to restore your oral health and maintain the integrity of your smile.

Root canal treatment in Surrey at Excellence In Dentistry

Who needs root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment in Surrey at Excellence In DentistryRoot canal treatment is recommended for individuals who experience infection, inflammation, or damage to the dental pulp, which is the innermost part of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. The following conditions may indicate the need for a root canal:

  1. Severe Toothache: Persistent and intense toothache, especially when chewing or applying pressure, may indicate pulp inflammation or infection.
  2. Sensitivity to Hot or Cold: Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers even after the stimuli are removed could signal pulp issues.
  3. Swollen Gums: Swelling, tenderness, or the presence of a pimple on the gums near the affected tooth may suggest an infection that requires intervention.
  4. Darkening or Discolouration: Changes in tooth colour, such as darkening or discolouration, may be a sign of pulp damage.
  5. Painful Abscess: The formation of a painful abscess, a pus-filled pocket, near the tooth root may indicate an infection that necessitates root canal treatment.
  6. Deep Decay or Trauma: Teeth with deep cavities, extensive decay, or those that have experienced trauma are susceptible to pulp damage and may benefit from a root canal.
  7. Pulp Exposure: If the dental pulp is exposed due to a fracture or deep cavity, bacteria can easily invade, leading to infection and the need for root canal therapy.

Key benefits of root canal treatment

Root canal treatment offers several significant benefits for individuals experiencing dental issues, including:

  1. Pain Relief: One of the primary benefits of root canal treatment is the alleviation of severe toothache caused by infection or inflammation of the dental pulp.
  2. Preservation of Natural Tooth: Rather than opting for extraction, a root canal allows for the preservation of the natural tooth structure. This is essential for maintaining proper oral function and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting.
  3. Prevention of Infection Spread: Root canal treatment effectively removes infected or damaged pulp, preventing the spread of infection to surrounding tissues, gums, and even the jawbone.
  4. Improved Oral Health: By addressing the root cause of the issue and eliminating infection, root canal treatment contributes to improved overall oral health and prevents the need for more extensive dental procedures.
  5. Relief from Sensitivity: Individuals experiencing heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures often find relief after a successful root canal, as the damaged pulp causing the sensitivity is removed.
  6. Efficient Chewing and Biting: Preserving the natural tooth through root canal treatment ensures that patients can continue to chew and bite effectively, maintaining normal oral function.
  7. Cosmetic Benefits: Root canal treatment often involves the placement of a dental crown, restoring the appearance of the tooth. This contributes to a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  8. Long-Term Solution: When performed with precision and followed by proper oral care, root canal treatment provides a long-term solution, preventing the need for frequent interventions or replacements.
  9. Cost-Effective: In the long run, root canal treatment can be a cost-effective solution compared to tooth extraction, as preserving the natural tooth avoids the need for more extensive dental work like bridges or implants.

The procedure

The root canal procedure is a multi-step dental treatment aimed at addressing infection, inflammation, or damage within the tooth’s pulp, the innermost part containing nerves and blood vessels. The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Diagnosis and X-Rays: The dentist begins by conducting a thorough examination and may take X-rays to assess the extent of the damage and identify the number and shape of the root canals.
  2. Local Anesthesia: To ensure patient comfort, the affected tooth and surrounding area are numbed using local anesthesia.
  3. Isolation and Access Opening: The dentist places a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry and free from saliva. An access opening is then created on the tooth’s surface to reach the pulp chamber.
  4. Pulp Removal: The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed from the pulp chamber and root canals using specialised instruments. The canals are cleaned and shaped to prepare for the filling.
  5. Cleaning and Disinfection: The dentist thoroughly cleans and disinfects the root canals to eliminate any remaining bacteria or debris, reducing the risk of further infection.
  6. Filling the Canals: The cleaned and shaped root canals are filled with a biocompatible material, usually gutta-percha, to seal the space and prevent recontamination.
  7. Sealing the Access Opening: The access opening created on the tooth’s surface is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling to protect the treated area.
  8. Restoration: In many cases, a tooth that undergoes root canal treatment may need further restoration, such as a dental crown, to provide structural support and restore its appearance.
  9. Follow-Up and Monitoring: Patients are advised to attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure the success of the root canal. Regular dental check-ups help assess the tooth’s condition over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an infected tooth that requires a root canal?

Symptoms of an infected tooth may include severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling in the gums, a pimple on the gums, or darkening of the tooth. If you experience any of these signs, it is crucial to consult with our dentist for a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Is root canal treatment painful?

With modern advancements in dental techniques and anaesthesia, root canal treatment is typically not painful. Local anaesthesia is administered to numb the affected tooth and surrounding area, ensuring that patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.

Are there alternatives to root canal treatment?

The primary alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. However, saving the natural tooth through a root canal is often preferred as it maintains oral function, prevents adjacent teeth from shifting, and provides a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.

How long does a root canal procedure typically take?

The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on factors such as the tooth’s location, anatomy, and the complexity of the case. On average, a single-rooted tooth may take about 60 to 90 minutes, while a multi-rooted tooth may require longer.

Do I need to take time off work after a root canal?

Most patients can resume their normal activities, including work, immediately after a root canal procedure. Some individuals may experience mild discomfort, and it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities on the day of the procedure.

What can I expect during and after the root canal procedure?

During the root canal, our dentist will isolate the tooth, remove the infected pulp, clean and shape the root canals, and fill them. After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to monitor the healing process.

Will the tooth be sensitive after a root canal?

It is normal to experience some sensitivity after a root canal, but this is usually temporary. Any discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, and it should subside as the tooth heals.

Can all teeth be treated with a root canal?

In most cases, root canal treatment can be performed on teeth with infected or damaged pulp. Our dentist will assess each situation individually to determine the feasibility of the procedure based on factors such as the tooth’s condition and location.

How successful is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment has a high success rate, with the majority of treated teeth lasting a lifetime. Success depends on factors such as proper diagnosis, thorough cleaning of the root canals, and the restoration of the tooth after the procedure.

What happens if I choose not to get a root canal for an infected tooth?

Choosing not to undergo a root canal for an infected tooth can lead to persistent pain, the spread of infection, the formation of abscesses, and potential tooth loss. In severe cases, untreated infections can have systemic health implications.

Can I eat and drink normally after a root canal?

After a root canal, it is generally advisable to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it is fully restored with a crown or other restoration. You can usually resume normal eating and drinking habits after the initial healing period.

Can a tooth that had a root canal treatment get infected again?

While rare, reinfection can occur. It is crucial to follow our dentist’s post-treatment instructions, attend follow-up appointments, and maintain good oral hygiene to reduce the risk of reinfection.

Why choose Excellence In Dentistry for root canal

Excellence In Dentistry - Private Effingham DentistChoose Excellence In Dentistry for your root canal needs, where precision, expertise, and patient-focused care converge. Our experienced team is dedicated to preserving your natural teeth, alleviating pain, and restoring optimal oral health.

With advanced techniques, local anaesthesia, and a commitment to transparency, we ensure a pain-free and tailored experience. Our state-of-the-art facilities and rigorous sterilisation protocols underscore our dedication to your safety.

At Excellence In Dentistry, you receive exceptional root canal care, embarking on a journey towards sustained dental well-being with comfort and satisfaction at the forefront.

What our patients say

E.P. TrainingE.P. Training
07:24 25 May 23
Amazing service. Excellent staff. Very happy.
Ryan RossRyan Ross
09:49 03 May 23
Have been coming to this practice for years, despite it being a good long drive. Initially I had concerns when Andre handed the reigns over, but these concerns proved unfounded as the team continued to be just as kind, caring and attentive as always. Any dental work is always carried out thoroughly and diligently and I always leave feeling like nothing has been missed or rushed. In addition, the practice uses ‘the wand’ for anaesthesia, a barely noticeable and ultra fine needle that administers slowly and without much discomfort. As someone who has a fear of needles this has helped hugely. I often struggle with tooth sensitivity so the hygienist visit is always something I dread, but Agota’s reassuring and patient attitude makes things go much more smoothly. Honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
Ana SerrãoAna Serrão
18:08 22 Mar 22
I want to say how comfortable the dentist Prya make me feel during the hygiene treatment today ,very professional and give me all instructions about mouth care .Very happy indeed 😊 😀Ana Serrao
Phillippa FrostPhillippa Frost
11:09 18 Jan 22
I went to see Priya for facial aesthetics and am absolutely thrilled with the results. Her knowledge was fantastic and the results are so natural. Priya is so warm and welcoming I will definitely be going back to her and I am so pleased I have found someone I trust to treat my face. I cannot recommend her enough, I have been absolutely blown away with the results. Thank you Priya for all your advice and care.
Illona o'sheaIllona o'shea
07:55 06 Oct 21
Highly recommend. I’ve been coming here for over 20 years. It’s not local to me but I travel here because it’s worth it. The care here is truly excellent. I was worried when Andre retired but Keelin is every bit as good and so I will continue to come here.
Jessica CooperJessica Cooper
09:40 30 Sep 21
I had an initial check up, hygiene appointment and fillings. All well organised and helpful when booking and wonderful service. Always answered the Phone and easy to book appointment. Dentist and colleagues were understanding and professional. All treatments went well and no issues.
Life InsatiableLife Insatiable
14:08 10 Mar 20
I have never liked going to the dentist due to my dentist when I was 18!!!But their practice is just lovely. The staff are so warming and welcoming, making you feel at ease and giving you all the information regarding the treatment.Really gentle too and have such a positive progressive approach to how they are going to help you. Thank you guys so much for making me feel at ease.
The Gaming BirdThe Gaming Bird
19:36 09 Jul 19
Great dental practice. Brilliant with all the family and expert advice. They are really good at making anxious patients feel calm and explain any treatments fully with you. State of the art equipment, TV screens and music to make you feel relaxed. Both my kids also having orthodontic treatment here. Highly recommend....
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We are conveniently located at 📍26A Church Road, Great Bookham, Surrey📍If you want to visit us for root canal treatment from areas like Fetcham, Leatherhead, Effingham, West Horsley, Stoke D’Abernon or Downside, reaching us at Church Road is quite straightforward by car, bus or railway. Bus #479 has a stop at Rayleigh House which is close to our practice.

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