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Root canal Treatment

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What is a root canal treatment?

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

Why is root canal treatment needed?

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 the root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection may spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?

No,we use the most effective local anaesthetic's available, and so there should be no discomfort. The dentists at Smilecare have many years of experience in providing painless dental treatment and we also offer video glasses for the patient to watch their favorite film, which helps pass the time. Many patients who come for treatment are often nervous about the prospect of dental treatment, but they are often are surprised that it is very comfortable. Some patients even fall asleep!

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection, and to then fill the canal system to prevent bacteria from re-colonizing the inside the tooth. Root canal treatment, (RCT), is a skilled and time consuming procedure, most courses of treatment will involve two visits to your dentist. At the first appointment the infected pulp is removed, and any abscesses which may be present can also be drained at this time. The root canals are cleaned and shaped ready for the filling.

A temporary filling is put into the root and the tooth is left to settle. At a follow up appointment the root is checked for infection and if appropriate is then permanently filled. 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.

I would like to know more about the dentist who carries out this procedure

 Dave Mantle BDS Principal Dentist


 "I like patients to feel relaxed and comfortable, while they watch a film with video glasses, I use the latest techniques in root canal treatment to ensure a sucessful outcome"


 David qualified in 1992, and has since attended advanced endodontic courses. There is substantial research work being carried out in this area, and David uses the very latest equipment and procedures to ensure he achieves the very best results. Most notably is the use of a microscope which is usually found in a hospitals and specialist practices, this allows for much greater magnification which means he can see more of the tooth anatomy in detail which allows him to more effectively clean and fill the tooth. He uses the latest Nickel-Titanium endodontic files on a single patient before disposing of them to ensure maximum cross infection control, the latest development of chemical disinfectants including Sterilox solutions to ensure the highest level of root sterilization, and ultrasonics which enables him to penetrate the tooth tissue more effectively with the cleaning solutions. All of these techniques add up to an exceptionally high standard of root canal treatment.


What is the risk of it happening again?

RCT is usually very successful, most treatments have a 90% success rate, however if the infection comes back the treatment will need to be repeated. Your dentist will discuss with you the percentage probability of the likely success of your particular case. Please note if the treatment needs to be redone there will be an additional cost which the dentist will discuss with you.

How much will it cost?

We have one dentist in the practice who has a special interest in this field. David Mantle usually carries out all of the root canal treatments, and he charges between £750 and £900 depending on the complexity of the case. You will be given all the necessary information on the likelihood of success and the costs involved so that you can make an informed decision.


What will happen if I decide not to have the treatment?

The alternative which some patients chose is to have the tooth taken out. Once the pulp is destroyed it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.


Will the tooth be safe after the treatment?

Current research indicates that it is better to place a crown over the root treated molar tooth as soon as possible, as the crown acts as a seal to further protect the tooth. A single crown will cost between £600 to £700 depending on the type of crown.  NB a molar tooth is a larger tooth towards the back of the mouth, the front teeth do not normally need to be crowned after root canal treatment.


 I hope this has provided you with useful information. Please call us if you are unsure about any aspect of this treatment.

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This Privacy Notice is a shortened form of our Privacy Policy and any patient who wishes to have a copy of our full Policy should ask Rachel Mantle

Smilecare Dental Clinic takes great care to protect the personal data we hold for you in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The purpose of collecting and storing personal data about you is to ensure we can:

Personal data held for our patients

The personal data we process (processing includes obtaining the information, using it, storing it, securing it, disclosing it, and destroying it) for you includes:

We keep an inventory of personal data we hold on our patients and this is available on request.

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We will share your personal information with third parties when required by law or to enable us to deliver a service to you or where we have another legitimate reason for doing so. Third parties we may share your personal information with may include:

We may also share personal information where we consider it to be in a patient’s best interest or if we have reason to believe an individual may be at risk of harm or abuse.

Personal privacy rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have the following personal privacy rights in relation to the information we hold about you.

You have a right to:

Patients who wish to have inaccuracies deleted or to have information erased must speak to the dentist who provided or provides their care.

Legal basis for processing data held about patients

The GDPR requires us to state the legal basis upon which we process all personal data for our patients and it requires us to inform you of the legal basis on which we process your personal data.

The legal basis on which we process personal information for our patients is in accordance with the dental professionals regulatory bodies: The General Dental Council, and the Care Quality Commission

Automated decision making

What is automated decision making? It is a process whereby you are asked to opt in once to certain processes, these processes will vary from one dental clinic to another, as some dental clinics want to send marketing information to their patients. At Smilecare Dental Clinic we DO NOT send any marketing information, we will only send appointment reminders and relevant information about recommended treatments.

At Smilecare Dental Clinic, we have the following processes when you register that are part of automated decision making:

  1. How you would like to be reminded about the recommended frequency of dental appointments, such as routine check up and dental hygiene care. You can select on your registration forms to be reminded by text, email and or postal reminder. It is our duty of care to remind you of preventative care frequency, it is also your right to request no appointment reminders.

  2. Retaining up to date and accurate dental records. At the point of registering we will create a dental record and ensure it is kept up to date and secure. We have a legal duty to retain dental records for a minimum of 11 years or up to the age of 25 years. You have the right to request that we delete your dental records, in which case we will need to consult with the dental regulatory body: The General Dental Council.

Non Automated decision making, i.e. Specific Patient Informed Consent

For all other processes at Smilecare we will always obtain specific informed consent:

  1. Any recommended treatment, this will be verbally explained by the dentist and then written information will be provided and further discussions if necessary until the patient is fully informed about any options, likely success rates and costs.

  2. Sharing patient information with a specialist or hospital for specialist care, patients will need to specifically consent to the information being provided.


You have a right to complain about how we process your personal data. All complaints concerning personal data should be made in person or in writing to David Mantle. All complaints will be dealt with in line with the practice complaints policy and procedures.

Transferring personal data outside the EU

All patient information is backed up within the practice to a separate drive, in case of fire a second copy is backed up to a company called Carbonite Inc, 2 Avenue de la Lafayette, Boston MA 02111. They are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachsetts and/or Federal Law. In accordance with European Laws, all data will be held under the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce. Carbonite complies with all of the Privacy Shield Principles and if there is any conflict between the terms of privacy policies, then the EU-US and Swiss Privacy Shield Principles shall govern.

This Privacy Notice was reviewed and implemented on: 30/04/2018

It will be reviewed annually and is due for review in November 2018 or prior to this date in accordance with new guidance or legislative changes.

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