Root Canal Treatments in Preston - Lancashire

and Specialist Endodontics Referral Centre

Saving Your Teeth with Specialist Root Canal Treatment in Preston

Speak to us:

  • For a second opinion if you have been told your tooth is unsalvageable
  • You have been advised that you need root canal treatment
  • If you have toothache

What is a Specialist Root Canal Dentist (Endodontist)?

Specialist Endodontist is a dentist who specialises in saving teeth. Endodontists receive many years of advanced education in Endodontics following training as a general dentist.

As endodontists, limiting their practice solely to endodontic treatment, they perform routine as well as difficult and very complex procedures, including root canal treatment, root canal re-treatment and endodontic microsurgery.

Specialist advice and treatment

  • Although endodontic treatment is carried out by many general dentists, there may be situations where a more predictable result may be achieved by a dental specialist, who has training to a higher level, more experience and equipment that general dentists may not use.
  • The complexity of endodontic treatment can range from those cases that are completely straightforward to those that will challenge the specialist, especially in re-treatment cases. It is not always easy to predict which category a particular case may fall into. Similarly diagnosis and case assessment may also be difficult.
  • Many general dentists do not use equipment such as an operating microscope and Cone Beam
    CT scanning equipment which make diagnosis and treatment more predictable.

Dr Shalini Kanagasingam

Specialist Endodontist

MSc (Endodontology) and MClinDent (Endodontology)
GDC No: 248625

Dr Shalini is a Registered with the General Dental Council (UK), having completed her training at Guy’s Hospital in 2009.

She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She is a Course Lead for the part-time MSc Endodontology programme and the full time MClinDent Endodontology programme.

As the Course Lead and Senior Clinical Lecturer at UCLAN, Dr Shalini routinely carries out complex root canal treatments, which general dentists in practice are unable to. 

Dr Shalini’s training, experience and research work put her at the forefront of Endodontic (root canal) treatments.

Dr Shalini Kanagasingam contributed to ‘The Principles of Endodontics’ edited by UCLan’s Clinical Professor Dr Shanon Patel and Dr Justin Barnes. The textbook is a guide on why and how to carry out safe and effective endodontic treatment.

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  • Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics
  • Endodontic rotary instruments

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2019
  • Specialty Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRestDent) Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Membership in Faculty Dental Surgery (MFDS) Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Statutory Examination (ORE) General Dental Council 2013
  • Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD) Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) 2009
  • Master of Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) in Endodontology King’s College London 2009
  • Membership in Faculty Dental Surgery (MFDS) Royal College of Surgeons (England) 2008
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) University Malaya 2003

  • Dental Education, Training and Professional Development Board (DETPB) Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
  • Chairperson, Ribble Section, British Dental Association
  • British Dental Association
  • British Endodontic Society
  • British Dental Association Clinical Academic Reference Group

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  • Following consultation and treatment, a full report along with your x-rays will be made available for you.
  • £75 is to be paid for your initial consultation at the time of booking (non-refundable if appointment is missed or 24 hours prior notice is not given).
  • For any treatment, 50% of the treatment fee is to be paid at the time of booking (non-refundable if appointment is missed or 24 hours prior notice is not given).

What is Root Canal Treatment?

  • A root canal treatment is needed when the soft tissue located in a canal inside the roots of a tooth,  known as the pulp, experiences inflammation or infection. 

  • The pulp is like the “heart of the tooth” and it contains blood vessels, nerves and soft tissues.

  • The anatomy inside of a tooth is very complex and most of the times a single tooth presents more than one canal.

  • Inflammation or infection can occur as a result of several things including deep decay,  repeated dental procedures, faulty fillings or crowns, or trauma to the tooth.

  • Signs of pulp damage include pain,  prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold,  discolouration of the tooth,  and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.

  • However,  sometimes you may not experience any symptoms but still be in need of endodontic treatment and if left untreated,  it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Endodontic treatment usually can be completed in one appointment, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.

  • We use local anaesthetics in your tooth area and only start the treatment when we are sure you are fully numb.
  • A non-latex protective shield called dental rubber dam is placed to isolate your tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure,  avoiding further contamination.
  • An opening in the centre of the tooth is made and with the help of a dental microscope we locate the canals, remove the infected or dental pulp,  clean, shape and disinfect the canals.
  • The canals are then filled with a biocompatible material and a temporary filling is placed over the access opening to protect your roots from being exposed or contaminated until you have your final restoration, which restored the tooth to its normal shape.

Final Restoration of Tooth After Root Canal Treatment?

We go extra mile to save your teeth!

We advise that between two to six weeks after your root canal treatment is completed to have your final restoration (normally a crown) done unless advised differently by us.

  • This amount of time will allow most of your tenderness to subside before having further procedures done on your tooth.
  • If your tooth does not get the necessary final restoration (crown or filling) and the temporary filling wears out, the root canal will become infected and need retreatment, microsurgery or extraction.
  • A crown is often the ideal restorative option following root canal treatment, especially when a large amount of your natural tooth structure has been lost.

Dental Crowns serve a dual purpose:

  • Firstly, crowns reinforce and support the remaining tooth structure, so as to prevent the
    generation or continued extension of cracks.
  • Think of a crown like a “hard hat” to protect your tooth.
  • Secondly, crowns can be an aesthetic option to replace missing tooth structure.

In certain cases, a tooth may lack sufficient structure for a crown to be placed. In such cases, a post may be necessary for additional support.

If only a minimal amount of your tooth is missing, a conventional filling may be all that is required to restore your tooth to its natural appearance and function.

Dr Shalini will advise you of the best option for your tooth following an assessment of your treatment records
and x-rays.

Root Canal Treatment at Camden Place Dental Practice, Preston

Your Experience

  • When you visit us for the first time, we will normally arrange for you to have a consultation with Specialist Endodontist, Dr Shalini.
  • During this consultation we may need to take xrays so we can fully assess your condition and present you with a full range of treatment options.
  • Once we have discussed your situation and you have decided upon the treatment option that best meets your needs, we will then arrange one or more appointment sessions in which your treatment will be carried out.

Endodontic Re-treatment

Occasionally a tooth may not heal as expected after initial treatment

This can happen for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are listed in this section. A re-treated tooth can function well for years, or even a full lifetime. However, once a tooth has been previously treated, the success rates of further re-treatments drop to about 80%.

Main Reasons for Re-treatment

  1. Difficulty in cleaning very fine, narrow canals, leaving unclean portions of the root.

  2. Complicated canal anatomy, perhaps with extra, undetected canals.

  3.  Further bacterial leakage around the filling/crown or a fracture allowing contamination.

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Please be aware that appointments missed or cancelled without 24 hours notice will be charged at a rate proportionate to the length of the missed appointment.

Alternative Treatments

The only other alternative to Endodontic treatment is extraction (removal) of the tooth. The extracted tooth must then be replaced with an implant, bridge or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from moving about. No matter how effective tooth replacements are, nothing is as good as your own natural tooth!

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