Root Canal Treatment in Bracknell, Berkshire

Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.

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 is not undertaken the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. Once the pulp is destroyed, the tooth cannot heal and it cannot be left in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure and painless. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling.

Treatment Process

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist. During the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle, a crown is usually required at this point to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

Examples & Referrals

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Locating a Root Canal during Treatment Locating a Root Canal during Treatment
Successful Root Canal Treatment (Upper-Right 6) Successful Root Canal Treatment (Upper-Right 6)
Successful Root Canal Treatment (Lower-Left 6) Successful Root Canal Treatment (Lower-Left 6)
Successful Root Canal Treatment (Upper-Left Molar) Successful Root Canal Treatment (Upper-Left Molar)
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Patient Referrals

Patients can be self referred or referred to us from their own dentist but only on a private basis.

You can view examples of our work on our Endodontic Referrals page here. Referrals are carried out by the CrownWood Dental Endodontic team made up of Dr Pavan Gogna and Dr Rupinder Reel.

Tooth Appearance

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.

Post Operative Care

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. After treatment, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

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

"The prospect of root canal work is a daunting one; but I can only say that the care and attention given by Pavan was second to none"
Mr T Cocklin
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