Root Canal Treatments

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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 with our noise reducing Bose headsets.

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

Root Canal Treatment is complex and often our patients have many questions. Please find below the answers to the most common questions asked about the procedure.

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Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?

If the tooth 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 tooth will be examined and an x-ray will be taken, 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. Once the canals have been cleaned and shaped, they will 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.

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  • 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.

  • Will I need root canal treatment if I have Dental Pain?

    Dental pain can take many forms and is not always easy to assess. At Notley Dental care, we have experience in diagnosing and treating dental pain.

  • Is Root Canal Treatment painful?

    No. 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?

    We can also 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.

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

  • Can I have a second opinion about root canal treatment?

    If you feel uncertain of a diagnosis or recommended therapy you can contact us for a Free Second Opinion Consultation.

  • 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.

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