Your Friendly Local Dentist in Southgate, London, N14

Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)



A filled or decayed tooth with an abscess. The filling is removed to access the cavity. The root canals are reamed to remove the tooth nerves. Gutta-perchas are inserted to fill the root. These are then cut-off, sealed and the tooth filled. The abscess will reduce. A crown may be necessary later.


Root treatments on back teeth can be more complicated ... ... because they have a number of roots. The root canals are exposed. All roots then need to be excavated ... ... making sure that the entire tooth nerve is removed. The cavity is then filled with gutta percha ... ... and the tooth then filled.

In areas of deep dental decay, bacteria can invade into the dental pulp causing the tooth to become infected and inflamed. The infection can then spread down the root canals often leading to severe pain and swelling.

Tooth decay requiring root treatment
Decay progressing towards the pulp.

An abcess requiring root treatment
Bacteria have contaminated the pulp causing an infection beneath the tooth.

Root canal treatment is then required and essentially involves cleaning the 'inside of the tooth' and filling the root canals with an inert material in order to prevent future re-contamination of the tooth. This procedure is very technique sensitive and we carry this treatment out to a very high standard. In most cases we use rubber dam isolation inorder to carry out the treatment in an aseptic environment. We also use modern flexible Nickel-Titanium rotary instruments to deliver precision Root Canal treatment. The root canals are finally sealed with thermoplastic gutta percha, which is an inert material. This provides an excellent long lasting seal.

Root treatment - cleaning
Root canal being cleaned and shaped.

Root treatment - filling
Thermoplastic root filling placed to seal canals.


LL6 root filled with Thermafil under rubber dam isolation. LL6 root filled with Thermafil under rubber dam isolation.
LL6 root filled with Thermafil under rubber dam isolation.


Diagnostic radiographs are taken throughout the procedure to check the accuracy of preparation and fill.



UR7 periapical infection treated with a root filling. UR7 priapical infection treated with a root filling.
UR7 periapical infection treated with a root filling.


LL6 decayed tooth - root filled under rubber dam isolation and treated with a direct composite. LL6 decayed tooth - root filled under rubber dam isolation and treated with a direct composite. LL6 decayed tooth - root filled under rubber dam isolation and treated with a direct composite. LL6 decayed tooth - root filled under rubber dam isolation and treated with a direct composite.
LL6 decayed tooth - root filled under rubber dam isolation and treated with a direct composite.



Your Friendly Local Dentist in Southgate, London, N14We are a popular friendly local dental practice located in Southgate, London, N14 (in the London Borough of Enfield), if you are looking for a new dentist we welcome new patients and invite you to contact us to discuss your needs before you make an appointment and without obligation. In particular if you have any fears or concerns about visiting the dentist or about your dental treatment you are most welcome to ask to speak to the dentist in confidence and without obligation before you start your treatment. We understand many people are aprehensive about a visit to the dentist, especially if you have not visited the dentist for some years, we strive to do all we can to make your visit to the dentist a pleasant one whilst receiving the best dental care. Our dental practice provides an emergency dentist service where urgent treatment is required, so if you are suffering dental pain or require other urgent dental treatment and need to see the dentist urgently please contact us to arrange to see the dentist for emergency dental treatment.

As our surgery is next to Southgate N14 tube and bus station and we are easily accessible from across the London Borough of Enfield as well as neighbouring boroughs such as Barnet, Haringey and Hertfordshire. You will find that we are especially conveniently situated for residents in the following neighbouring areas: Southgate London N14, Palmers Green London N13, Winchmore Hill London N21, Whetstone London N20, Finchley London N12, Barnet Herts EN5, Cockfosters EN4, Enfield EN2, New Southgate N11 and Potters Bar, Herts.





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