Root Canal Treatments

Root Canal Treatments

Endodontics refers to the study, diagnosis and treatment of the internal cavity, nerve and blood supply of the tooth.

When cavities are left untreated or in some cases, where trauma has occurred to the tooth, the internal structure (pulp) of the tooth becomes inflamed and infected and will need Endodontic Treatment also known as Root Canal Therapy. The purpose of the treatment is to prevent the loss of the tooth by bacterial infection.

We remove the bacteria from the root canals of the tooth and shape the cleaned canals prior to filling them. The tooth can then be fully restored to function.

We understand that some patients may have anxiety about treatment and as such, our dedicated Dentists utilise good local aesthetic techniques and can make our patients even more comfortable by offering intravenous sedation if a patient is especially anxious

Our Dentists at 53 Wimpole Street, Sam Hassan and Bhavin Patel are experienced in using the latest techniques and equipment to achieve predictable root canal results.


  • What is Root Canal Treatment?

    Root Canal Treatment (also called ‘endodontics’) is required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the ‘pulp’) becomes infected. This may be caused by decay or injury. In the early stages of the infection, you may not sense much pain and the tooth may darken in some cases, meaning the nerve of the tooth has died. In such cases, you would need Root Canal Treatment.

  • Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?

    If the pulp becomes infected, infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This eventually leads to an abscess, an inflamed area in which pus collects, which will cause swelling and pain. If Root Canal Treatment is not performed, the infection will continue spreading and the tooth may need to be removed.

  • Does Root Canal Treatment hurt?

    Not usually! A local anaesthetic is administered and the procedure should feel similar to having an ordinary filling done. You may experience some tenderness afterwards but this gradually lessens over time.

  • What does it involve?

    The aim is to remove all the infection from the root canal. We then clean the cavity of the tooth and fill it to prevent any further infection. As Root Canal Treatment is a skilled procedure, most courses of treatment will involve at least two visits to your dentist. Your first appointment will be to clean and prepare the tooth and the second will be to fill in with a permanent filling, all of which will be discussed with you at your appointment.

  • What will my tooth look like after treatment?

    A root-filled tooth can look pretty much the same as it did before the treatment. It will however be more susceptible to fracturing and so we would usually recommend some protection of them after with an Onlay/Crown. Some can also darken after treatment, however, with modern techniques this does not usually happen anymore. But if any discoloration occurs, there are a few treatments that will restore the tooth to it’s normal appearance. Teeth Whitening


  • Mr Sam Hassan

    Mr Sam Hassan

  • Dr Bhavin Patel

    Dr Bhavin Patel



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