What is Root Canal Treatment?
The purpose of root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is to remove the inflamed tissue or bacteria inside the root canal and thus allow the surrounding tissues to heal.
The pulp may become inflamed or may die if either there is significant decay in a tooth, if there is a large filling or crown or if the tooth has been subjected to trauma. The inflamed pulp may cause toothache or remain pain-free.
Why choose Highgate Dental Practice for root canal treatment?
We are proud to have two specialist endodontists on our team. The root canal system, especially in molars, is often complex and difficult to clean. This is why many general dentists prefer to refer these cases to a specialist such as those on our team. An endodontic specialist will use a surgical microscope during treatment to magnify the tooth.
Our specialist endodontic equipment includes an onsite surgical microscope.
Root Canal Treatment Procedure
We will take an x-ray of your tooth and then administer a local anaesthetic.
A dental dam is fitted to isolate the tooth. A small opening will be made in the crown of the tooth.
The infected tooth is cleaned disinfected and sealed with a sealant material called gutta-percha. This completely seals the root canals.
Once we are happy that the tooth is infection free we will restore it with a new restoration to protect the tooth.
Our Specialist Endodontists
Dr Nectaria Polycarpou
(BDS, MFDS RCS, MclinDent MRD RCS):
Dr Polycarpou is one of only a few dentists who are on the Endodontic specialist register with her advanced qualifications. She works at the Royal London Dental Hospital where she teaches Senior House Officers and Specialist Registrars.
De Polycarpou is also involved in lecturing and providing further education of qualified Dental Surgeons at the Eastman Dental Institute and Royal London Hospital.
Dr Tim Sunnucks
As well as being on the specialist registrar in Endodontics, Dr Sunnucks has a keen interest in all aspects of restorative dentistry. He is heavily involved in endodontic and restorative post-graduate education lecturing nationally and internationally and runs hands on courses as well as being happy to host practitioners at the practice.
Tim is a European clinical consultant for 3M as well as a certified Endodontic and Restorative trainer for Dentsply.
Endodontic Treatment Fees
Due to the enhanced procedures provided and the level of complexity of most of the referred cases, treatment is very time consuming. The following guidelines on fees are given so you can discuss this with your Endodontist.
|Endodontic Treatment Consultation||£150|
|Endodontic Treatment||From £1050|
|Endodontic Re-Treatment||From £1200|
The higher figures in any range would relate to removal of obstructions (composite, silver points, broken instruments etc). Such higher charges will be explained to you during the consultation. Charges include all required intra-oral radiographs.
If you feel that you need assistance with financing your dental treatment book an appointment with our Treatment Coordinator Temi Ojo and find out more about our payment options.