Root canal

At Frankel Dental Care, our experienced dentists regularly carry out root canal treatments for patients in Ascot, Sunningdale and surrounding areas. Thanks to modern technology, root canal treatment these days is considered as routine as getting a filling – so there’s absolutely nothing to fear if your dentist recommends endodontic treatment for you.

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Fast and painless treatment

When tooth decay penetrates deeply, it can cause an infection of the sensitive dental pulp inside the tooth, which in turn creates sudden toothache. Luckily, these days this is not a cause for alarm, because modern endodontic treatment, or root canal, is fast and painless – saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a root canal?

The root canal is located inside the tooth and runs from the pulp chamber down to the tip of the tooth root. If tooth decay has penetrated as far as the dental pulp, it can cause inflammation and even an abscess. Root canal treatment involves making an opening in the top of the tooth, removing the infected pulp and filling the void with a benign material called gutta-percha. A ceramic crown is usually required to strengthen the tooth after root canal treatment.

Is root canal painful?

No! The infection might be painful, but at Frankel Dental Care we can assure you that the treatment is not – in fact, root canal treatment provides instant relief from this particular kind of toothache. Root canal treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic – and with The Wand available at Frankel, even this can be administered with no discomfort.

What are the symptoms that indicate root canal treatment?

Early signs include:

  • Sudden pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Swollen face and gums
  • Discoloration of the tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Frankel Dental Care immediately so that the dentist can assess your mouth and relieve the pain. Don’t put off your visit if the symptoms subside; often there is temporary relief as the infection kills off the dental pulp – only to return more intensely as it penetrates further through the tooth and gum.

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