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Root Canal Treatment

Repair and restore your tooth and help avoid the pain and discomfort of a cavity or abscess.

Repair and restore your tooth and help avoid the pain and discomfort of a cavity or abscess.

A root canal treatment is used to treat a large cavity that has reached the nerve endings of the tooth. The centre of the tooth and its root canal system will usually be infected by this stage and can be extremely painful. Root canal treatments are available for NHS and private patients across the West Midlands at Blackheath Dental practice. Our expert dentists and endodontists will carry out consultation before diagnosing suitable treatment.

Bacterial infections can develop for a number of reasons including severe trauma to a tooth from an accident, progressive tooth decay from poor diet and oral hygiene, or the result of a leaky filling. A damaged or decayed tooth is vulnerable to minute bacteria creeping in and attacking its soft tissue or pulp. If the bacteria is left to spread then the infection can extend to more vulnerable teeth through the root canal system.

Benefits of root canal treatment

  • Save your natural tooth
  • Prevent pain returning
  • Quick treatment process
  • High effective treatment

How is a root canal treatment performed?

A root canal treatment will take two or more appointments depending on how many teeth are infected and where they are positioned in your mouth. Premolars and back molar teeth have two-three roots comprising one or two root canals whereas canine and front incisor teeth only have a single root.

The first dental appointment will include an X-ray and consultation to advise on the most suitable course of treatment. The second appointment will involve a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth followed by the removal of all infected and damaged soft tissue. In most cases the tooth will survive and the dentist may recommend a permanent filling or crown to help protect the tooth and prevent further infection.

NHS Pricing bands

Transparent pricing for NHS treatments

Patient charges correct as of April 2023

Treatment Band One

  • An examination and diagnosis (e.g. x-rays)
  • Advice on how to prevent future problems
  • A scale and polish, if required

If you need to see a dentist immediately, an urgent NHS appointment costs £23.80.


Treatment Band Two

  • Everything in band one, plus...
  • Any further treatment such as fillings or root canal work
  • Extractions, if your dentist needs to take out one or more teeth


Treatment Band Three

  • Everything in bands one and two, plus...
  • Crowns, dentures or bridges
  • This includes more complex procedures.

You only pay once for the highest treatment band, even if multiple treatments are required.


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Frequently asked questions

How can we help?

Do you have severe tooth pain? Does your tooth hurt when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages? Are there any visible signs of damage, such as a crack or chip in your tooth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may need a root canal. Swelling on one side of your face and extreme pain are also signs that you need a root canal.

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning it, and then filling it. A filling is also a treatment to repair a tooth, but it is used for smaller cavities.

No, root canals are not painful. In fact, the procedure usually relieves pain because it removes the damaged tissue that is causing the pain.

If you do not get a root canal, the infection or damage to your tooth will get worse. The tooth may eventually have to be extracted. If you want to preserve your natural tooth, a root canal would be the best option.

Do you still have questions?

We offer excellent care and advice regarding our wide range of treatments to all of our patients.

Contact our main practice

0121 561 3526

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Patient stories

Hear from our happy patients

  • I am very nervous with Dentist but Dorsa made my visit very comfortable. Very highly recommended

    Susan Brayshaw

    Susan Brayshaw

    Jul 23,2023

  • Just had a fantastic craftsmanship done by Dorsa @Bhandal Dental practice on my front tooth. Excellent work and attitude. I get overly nervous at dentists. But i think this was the first time ever I actually got calmed down and did not rip the arms of the chair. Thank you, Dorsa, much appreciated.

    Dagnis Dancitis

    Dagnis Dancitis

    Jul 3,2023

  • Dorsa was fabulous, due to poor experiences with a different surgery in the past, I am utterly terrified of the dentist. However Dorsa put me at ease and constantly checked how I was feeling, I underwent NHS and cosmetic treatment and the results brought on happy tears, my teeth have never looked or felt so good. Thank you for giving me my smile back.

    Laura Longhurst

    Laura Longhurst

    Jun 29,2023

  • My dentist was called dorsa today and she was amazing talked me through the whole Procedure and made me feel really calm x

    Sophia Kala

    Sophia Kala

    Jun 26,2023

  • Excellent dental work, as good as private. Good manner, quick, tender, relaxed. Very good. Thank you Dorsa, and Meera.

    Micky Armstrong

    Micky Armstrong

    Jun 25,2023

  • Don't usually see this dentist (Dorsa) My usual one Luckie was not available, I was having deep filling and she kept me at ease, explained everything she was doing and was so gentle that I didn't even feel the needle for when she froze my mouth. Would definitely want to see her again. Thank you.

    sue green

    sue green

    Jun 20,2023

  • It was a very good experience. The doctors were very nice and kept on asking me if i was okay.

    Areebah Shams

    Areebah Shams

    Jun 17,2023

  • Dorsa was really kind and nice. She explained everything to me really well as well giving me advice. I feel safe and comfortable. I would totally recommend her she's amazing 😊😊

    Simran kaur

    Simran kaur

    Jun 8,2023

  • I was so nervous and felt really anxious during my procedure today but Dorsa and her colleague ( sorry I should’ve asked your name ) were absolutely wonderful and were so patient with the patient:) I can highly recommend! Thanks again ladies!

    Jeannette Mason

    Jeannette Mason

    May 31,2023

  • Great service! All staff polite and friendly and my dentist Dorsa did amazing work on my teeth

    chloe shaw

    chloe shaw

    May 30,2023

  • I like to leave reviews, when I've had an excellent service.... the receptionists( Lisa and Rebecca) always have a smile to greet you on entrance....the dentists(Dorsa and Morva) are so professional and so very friendly...dental nurse (Meera)again greet you with a friendly smile....all of the other staff, who I can't name, also always smiling.

    Deanna Shields

    Deanna Shields

    May 18,2023

  • I have been a patient with Bhandal for many years and I have never had a bad experience. I have recently had some composite bonding done by Dorsa who has done a fantastic job, she has a real eye for detail and has given me back the confidence to smile.

    James Howell

    James Howell

    May 15,2023

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