Root Canals

Advanced Root Canal treatment – gentle dental care in Essex

Root canal (endodontics) is a treatment designed to stop tooth infection in its tracks. If you’ve experienced dental trauma or are suffering from severe tooth decay that is particularly sore, it may be that an infection has spread deep into the gum and nerve.

Our team knows how painful this can be and will want to see you right away to provide you with pain relief and treat the infection. If left untreated, an infection can lead to an abscess or even tooth loss.

Worried that you may have an infection?

Here are the five signs you may require root canal treatment:

  • Severe toothache inhibiting your ability to eat or place pressure onto the tooth
  • Swollen, red gums surrounding the painful tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold or hot food and drink
  • A noticeable, painful bump on the gum near the tooth
  • Discolouration of the affected tooth

How does root canal treatment work?

Root canal treatment works by removing the infection and sealing the affected tooth to preserve the underlying nerve. Canals are created deep into the tooth which is then flushed through with a powerful disinfectant that kills the harmful bacteria causing the infection.

Once the infected tooth pulp has been removed, the canals are filled to prevent re-infection and the tooth is infilled with a natural-looking composite material. Some patients will be advised to have a dental crown fitted after root canal treatment to prevent further damage to the tooth.

The Brickfields Dental Care dentists have carried out hundreds of root canal procedures for our South Woodham Ferrers community, and as such, are greatly experienced in caring for and healing damaged teeth back to their natural function.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

It is a common myth that root canal treatment is a painful procedure. This treatment is fairly routine, and your Brickfields Dental Care dentist will make sure that you feel no pain during the procedure, using a local anaesthetic to make you as comfortable as possible.

For those patients who are anxious or nervous about root canal treatment, we also offer IV sedation for extra peace of mind. You may experience slight discomfort after treatment which can be managed easily with over-the-counter painkillers.

If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain, get in touch with our compassionate dental team today.

FAQs

How long does a root canal take?

Typically, root canal treatment takes up to 30-60 minutes and may take two appointments to complete.

How successful are root canals?

Root canal success rates are very high ranging from 70-90% over 5 years.

What happens if the infection reappears?

New infections may appear after your root canal treatment despite your dentists’ best efforts to remove all bacteria. This could be because there is an undetected crack in the tooth or a breakdown of the protective inner sealing over time. If a secondary infection occurs, your dentist may retreat the area with root canal treatment or consider a more invasive method of endodontic surgery to save the tooth.

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I have just completed implant surgery and once again I cannot fault this practice. TC, the owner and my dentist today, is a highly competent professional, who is a perfectionist and someone who his staff say would trust him with their lives, you can’t get better praise than that. On this occasion, even the initial local anaesthetic was pain free.The receptionists are always very professional, friendly and very competent. I cannot praise this practice enough. Highly recommended.
Avril N.
Avril N.
Visit today was excellent be as usual. Fixed chipped tooth during routine check up. Staff friendly and helpful as usual.
Kim P.
Kim P.
Felt completely safe with Covid-19 protocols in place. Staff were as friendly and helpful as usual. Great practice.
HARRY T.
HARRY T.
Always happy with the service and care at Brickfields Dental Care.
Kerry G.
Kerry G.
Well organised and COVID Secure. Have had a make over and looks very professional.
Amanda H.
Amanda H.
Very disappointed that no time was given for the lidocaine to work before they tried to pull a tooth. Sure that’s not normal practice, staff really nice, good clean practice.
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tellstorytime
An excellent dental practice with amazing staff. I can’t say enough good things about the practice. If you’re a new patient try and get Dr Amit Patel, he’s my dentist and what a dentist he is and he’s an amazing person he is too.
Stuart
Stuart
Emergency appointment for a lost filling, fitted me in with 20 mins notice. Very polite and efficient, thank you!
Dave C.
Dave C.
The staff are so accommodating and helpful, they will always go the extra mile if and when they can.
Brenda A.
Brenda A.
They are very gentle and caring
Marilyn H.
Marilyn H.
Absolute fantastic dentist, made to feel relaxed and all procedures explained, would highly recommend
Greg S.
Greg S.
After not going to the dentist for over 10 years, having had a bad experience, I was extremely nervous and anxious. All the staff are amazing from the reception ladies through to the dentist, they explained and reassured me about everything they are doing. My treatment is on going through the next month and I have no concerns. Definitely recommend
Lisa G.
Lisa G.
Thank you to everyone at Brickfields for the large filling I had today and for the hygienist appointment yesterday.Everyone gave me clear information and expert treatment.
Richard F.
Richard F.
Absolutely excellent service
barbara Y.
barbara Y.
I've just had 2 fillings. Very caring and totaly pain free.
Jon K.
Jon K.
My appointment with Joanne assisted by Lyn was the best I have encountered in the dentists chair considering the complexity of the work required ,painless and comfortable as possible.I would throughly recommend them to any person requiring any dental work.
David R.
David R.
Really good practise i was nervous about going as i hadn’t visited a dentist for years but the staff are great very welcoming and polite.Recommended.
Tim Y.
Tim Y.
I have always received a warm welcome from the moment I've set foot in the door. Ahmit and his colleagues are extremely professional whilst reassuring during all the treatment I have received. I would 100% recommend to anyone!
Fiona J.
Fiona J.
Very pleasant and professional receptionists and hygienist excellent. Professional all round.
Rosemary S.
Rosemary S.
Excellent treatment and amazing staff. Would highly recommend. Have been a patient here since 1996 and would not go anywhere else.Mya the trainee dental nurse is very gentle and professional and a delightful addition to the Surgery.
ANGELA P.
ANGELA P.