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Root Canal Treatment in Guildford

Root Canal Treatment At Notley Dental Care is a means of saving a tooth that may be damaged by decay, fracture or infection. The purpose of the treatment is to restore the tooth and the surrounding tissue to health, relieving you of pain and infection while avoiding the need to have the tooth removed.

These procedures can be stress free as you can listen to a choice of music from our iPod, with our noise reducing Bose headsets.

Our Root Canal Treatment is available to patients in Guildford and Godalming areas and across Surrey.

Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.



What does Root Canal Treatment involve?

The x-ray and the tooth will be examined and a local anaesthetic will be administered. An opening will be made in the crown of the tooth and small instruments will be used to clean the canals and to shape the canal spaces for filling. Once the canals have been adequately cleaned and shaped, the canals will then be filled with a polyester synthetic root canal filling and sealer. To make your Root Canal Treatment successful at Notley Dental Care we will use a dental microscope with magnification so that we get a better view.



Will the tooth need any more work after the treatment is finished?

Yes, the tooth will require a permanent restoration. This could range from a simple filling to a large build-up with posts and pins. The tooth is more brittle after a root canal treatment and therefore is more susceptible to fracture. If the filling is large, the tooth may need a crown as well. A crown protects the tooth from breaking.


Does Root Canal Treatment hurt?

No. A local anaesthesia is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. With modern techniques and varied local anaesthetic solutions it is rare to have any sensation in the tooth during treatment. For the first few days after treatment, it is normal for your tooth to be sensitive to biting. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter medications in order to control normal post-treatment discomfort.


Can I have sedation, pain-free dentistry?

If you are undergoing more intense or lengthy treatments, we can offer intravenous sedation. This leaves you comfortable and unaware of your treatment, but you remain conscious and breathe on your own. You will need an adult to accompany you home and should plan ahead as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your treatment.

Intravenous sedation costs £300 for 60 minutes of sedation.

We have a dedicated sedation team, Sedation Solutions, that we have worked with for many years and together we provide pain-free procedures.


What will my tooth look like after Root Canal Treatment?

In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.


What if the Root Canal Treatment is not successful?

Root canal treatment at Notley Dental Care is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.



Is Root Canal Treatment Expensive?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. Root canal treatment is a time-consuming procedure therefore it is reflected in the prices. The fee depends on the number of roots that need to be filled and hence the time taken to carry it out. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth


What if I don't have Root Canal Treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.


Will the tooth be safe after Root Canal Treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.


What about aftercare when I have had Root Canal Treatment?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.