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Root Canal in Molesey, Surrey

Struggling with persistent tooth pain? Unlock relief and preserve your natural smile with Root Canal treatments at The Molesey Dental Practice in Molesey, Surrey. Book your appointment and experience a pain-free, healthier dental future!

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure aimed at saving a severely damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the interior, and sealing the root canals. This process helps alleviate pain, prevent further infection, and preserve the natural tooth structure. Root canals are a common and effective way to rescue a tooth from extraction, promoting oral health and restoring function.

Who Can Benefit from Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is beneficial for individuals who:

  1. Experience Tooth Pain: Those suffering from severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure.
  2. Have Pulp Infection: Individuals with infected dental pulp, often indicated by sensitivity, swelling, or a pimple on the gums.
  3. Seek to Save Natural Teeth: Those wanting to preserve their natural teeth rather than opting for extraction.
  4. Face Tooth Decay or Damage: Individuals with deep cavities, cracks, or trauma affecting the tooth’s pulp.
  5. Prevent Further Infection: Those looking to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and the jawbone.
  6. Desire Pain Relief: Individuals seeking relief from persistent, intense toothaches.
  7. Prefer Conservative Treatment: Those who prefer a conservative approach to dental care, preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible.
  8. Maintain Oral Function: Individuals wanting to maintain proper chewing and biting functions.
Root Canal in Molesey Surrey at The Molesey Dental Practice

The Benefits of Root Canal

Root canal treatment not only relieves pain but also allows individuals to retain their natural teeth, promoting overall oral well-being and maintaining the integrity of the smile. It offers many benefits, including:

  1. Pain Relief: Effectively alleviates severe tooth pain caused by infection or inflammation of the dental pulp.
  2. Preservation of Natural Teeth: Allows the preservation of the natural tooth structure, avoiding the need for extraction.
  3. Prevention of Further Infection: Removes infected pulp, preventing the spread of infection to neighbouring teeth and supporting tissues.
  4. Restoration of Oral Function: Restores proper biting and chewing functions, maintaining the overall functionality of the tooth.
  5. Improvement of Oral Health: Promotes oral health by eliminating infection and reducing the risk of complications.
  6. Aesthetic Restoration: Preserves the appearance of the natural tooth, contributing to a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  7. Long-Term Durability: With proper care, a tooth treated with a root canal can last a lifetime, providing long-term durability.
  8. Prevention of Tooth Extraction: Eliminates the need for tooth extraction, preserving the natural dentition.
  9. Comfortable Procedure: Modern techniques and anaesthesia ensure a comfortable and minimally invasive root canal procedure.
  10. Cost-Effective Solution: Offers a cost-effective alternative to tooth extraction and replacement options like dental implants.
Root Canal Treatment. An Endodontist Preparing Patient for Root Canal Treatment.

The Process

At The Molesey Dental Practice, the process of getting a root canal typically involves the following steps:

  1. Diagnosis: Our dentist examines your tooth, reviews X-rays, and determines the need for a root canal based on the extent of infection or damage.
  2. Local Anaesthesia: The tooth and surrounding area are numbed using local anaesthesia to ensure a pain-free procedure.
  3. Access Opening: The dentist creates a small access opening in the tooth’s crown to reach the infected or inflamed pulp.
  4. Pulp Removal: The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed from the root canals, and the interior is cleaned and disinfected.
  5. Shaping and Filling: The root canals are shaped and filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha, to seal the space and prevent further infection.
  6. Temporary or Permanent Filling: A temporary or permanent filling is placed to seal the access opening, depending on the case and the need for additional dental work.
  7. Restoration: In some cases, a crown may be recommended to restore the tooth’s strength and functionality, especially if a significant portion of the tooth structure was removed.
  8. Follow-Up Appointments: Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor healing and ensure the tooth’s long-term health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does root canal treatment hurt?

No, root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel pain during the procedure.

How long does a root canal procedure take?

A typical root canal procedure takes one to two hours, depending on the tooth’s complexity.

What are the signs that I might need a root canal?

Common signs include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling, and tenderness in the gums.

What happens if I don't get a root canal?

Untreated tooth infections can lead to abscesses, severe pain, and tooth loss. They can also spread to other parts of the body.

How long does the root canal recovery take?

Most patients can resume normal activities the day after a root canal, but full recovery may take a few days.

Are there alternatives to root canal treatment?

The main alternative is tooth extraction, but it’s generally recommended to save your natural tooth whenever possible.

Is a crown necessary after a root canal?

In most cases, a crown is recommended to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.

How long does a root canal-treated tooth last?

With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime.

Can I drive home after a root canal procedure?

Yes, you can usually drive home after a root canal since the effects of anaesthesia wear off quickly.

Is root canal treatment safe during pregnancy?

Root canal treatment is generally considered safe during pregnancy, especially if an infection is present.

Can children get root canals?

Yes, children can undergo root canal treatment if they have severely damaged or infected baby teeth.

Are there any risks associated with root canal treatment?

While complications are rare, there is a slight risk of infection or a cracked tooth during or after the procedure.

Why won't my toothache go away? Can root canal help?

If your toothache persists, it may be due to underlying issues like infection or decay. A root canal can often alleviate the pain by removing the infected pulp inside the tooth and sealing it. However, the specific cause of your toothache should be assessed by a dentist to determine if a root canal or another treatment is needed. If the pain lingers, seeking professional dental care is essential to address the root cause and find the appropriate solution.

Can root canal fix my darkened tooth?

Yes, a root canal can often help address a darkened tooth. Tooth darkening can be caused by various factors, including infection or trauma that affects the inner pulp of the tooth. During a root canal procedure, the infected or damaged pulp is removed, the inner chamber is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. This not only alleviates pain and infection but can also prevent further darkening of the tooth. However, it’s essential to consult with our dentist to determine the underlying cause of the tooth darkening and whether a root canal is the appropriate treatment option for your specific case. We can assess your situation and provide personalised recommendations.

What are the foods to eat and avoid after root canal treatment?

After a root canal treatment, it’s important to follow specific dietary recommendations for a smooth recovery. Opt for soft, cool, and non-acidic foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, lean proteins, and cooked vegetables. Avoid hard, sticky, and spicy foods, as well as acidic items and chewing gum. Stay hydrated with water, and steer clear of alcohol, tobacco, and excessive sugar. Following these guidelines will promote healing and minimise discomfort during your recovery. For personalised dietary advice after a root canal, consult with our dentist.

Why Choose The Molesey Dental Practice for Root Canal?

Choose The Molesey Dental Practice for superior root canal care, where your oral health is our priority. Our skilled team ensures a comfortable and effective root canal experience, saving your natural tooth. With prices starting from an affordable £350 for a single tooth, we provide accessible dental solutions without compromising on quality. Trust us for expert care, personalised attention, and transparent pricing. Book your consultation today and experience the excellence of The Molesey Dental Practice—where your smile receives the attention it deserves.

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What Our Patients Say About Us

Ian Brewer
Ian Brewer
2023-11-22
I cannot praise Dr Crowley and the team at Molesey Dental practise enough. One year ago I was in trouble with my teeth. A mix of age and embarrassment. I finally came to the point where I had no choice but to attend. I booked my appointment and to say I received complete professionalism is a understatement. I could write many lines of praise, but will keep it simple. Please don't hesitate!!! Make an appointment, be honest and you will not be judged whatsoever. The painless processes that are applied is certainly life changing. Huge thankyou to all the team at MDP. Thankyou. I finally smile with complete confidence once again!!!!
Erika Hopkins
Erika Hopkins
2023-11-01
Excellent dental practice! My dentist is Dr Crowley who is absolutely brilliant. As an emergency, I booked an appointment with Dr Sharma who went above & beyond to ensure I trusted her and was comfortable with a different dentist. She did a fantastic and efficient job replacing my filling.The reception is also very friendly and professional. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Anne Schofield
Anne Schofield
2023-02-06
Great dental practice, so glad I can say my dentist is Dr Michael Crowley Always friendly and polite . Keeps me well informed so always puts at ease if necessary. Reception staff lovely too. 10/10 Wouldn't go anywhere else✔️
Owen Thomas
Owen Thomas
2023-01-23
After years of not seeing a dentist due to criticisms, critiques and bad relationships with all the ones I've had prior I was sceptical going in but knew that my dental health would one day catch up to me. So I went just before I went off to university. my dentist was Dr Puneet Nagpal who was very kind and considerate after learning I haven't been for a checkup for quite some time and he went through everything very thoroughly but was gentle with the tools and his words, he wasn't condescending or patronising or putting any blame on me. He told me that I needed to have half a dozen or so fillings filled and I told him about my deadline as I was off to university by the end of the month and he was able to book me in the following week for 2 rounds of fillings. We also had other talks about personal life and how much sugar and drinks can affect my teeth and he went out of his way to google and search for things that I would like and made some suggestions. During the fillings I had to excuse my self a couple of times due to an excess of water filling my mouth and having difficulty breathing, luckily he understood gave me time to compose myself and settle back in and I was able to wear some headphones to help distract myself from the noise of the drilling and from the pain. All 3 times I went to visit him he went above and beyond any dental experience I've had before and has made me care much more about my dental hygiene even more so and has made me feel comfortable with going back to the dentists as I would dread it before. Dr Nagpal has been one of if not the kindest person who has looked after me in any sort of medical visit I've so often needed in my life, I could not recommend him enough.
Shaun Round
Shaun Round
2022-11-25
Honestly can’t fault this practice or the dental team! Highly recommend.
Ray Huckfield
Ray Huckfield
2022-05-19
I had a lovely visit today, was greeted by Jennifer on reception and was kind and welcoming and Julie as well, I got seen to very quickly - I saw Dr. Bhamm who was very helpful and took time to explain to me what was going on concerning my teeth she also made me feel very at ease and explained the next steps of my treatment very well, will highly recommend this practice every staff was kind, professional and made me feel at ease!
johana st.
johana st.
2022-05-03
After 17years I went to dentist as I had not good previous experience, my heart was beating as little birdie before I went to see Dr Sharda Kaur Sharma for the fist time as I had a strong pain in my tooth. And she was able to healed all my past experience with her kindness, compassion, understanding and professional care, she took time to give me all information and explained every step and to make sure all will be comfortable for me. I am still thankful I met her and since then I am always looking forward to seeing her. I was also recommended to wonderful lady who doing all my dental hygiene and taking special care and patience to be my teeth free from all calculus, the change is visible and my heart is so thankful and happy, thank you for wonderful care.
Natalie Randall
Natalie Randall
2022-03-02
I have said it before, and i shall say it again, by far the best dentist i have been to..i am the most nervous and scared of the dentist, and always my dentist makes me feel at ease ..thank you 😊

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