Root Canal Treatment in Manchester.

Dr Jonathan Skidmore BChD MSc (endo) MFDS
Endodontic treatment is available on a private basis with our special interest Dentist.
 
Referrals from dentists accepted

Dr Jonathan Skidmore

Dr Skidmore is a Dentist with a Special Interest in Root canal treatment and has completed a 3 year post graduate masters qualification in Endodontic treatment.

Utilising high quality materials

Dr Skidmore and the Vallance Dental Centre ensure root canal treatment is performed using high quality equipment and materials.

Treatment under microscope

Dr Skidmore uses a high powered microscope to carry out endodontic treatment. The microscope ensures every internal detail of your tooth can be seen to attain the best result possible.

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What is Endodontic Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment (endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (pulp) is damaged due to decay or injury. It is most often needed in teeth that have deep fillings, or in teeth that have deep dental decay.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, bacteria may spread through the root canal system of the tooth, eventually leading to an abscess. If Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is not performed, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted.

What does root canal treatment involve?

The infected pulp is removed and any infection is drained. The root canals are then cleaned, disinfected and shaped until ready for the permanent root filling. Once the dentist is confident that the infection is gone, the root filling (a rubber material) is compressed into the canals to permanently seal them. A normal filling is then needed on top of the root filling to restore and seal the tooth. Sometimes the treatment will involve two or more long appointments.

Does it hurt?

A local anaesthetic is used and the whole procedure should feel little different to that of having a normal filling although the appointment will usually be longer. There will usually be some pain or discomfort for 3-4 days following the treatment. The tooth may feel slightly tender and “different” for a few weeks following treatment.

What if I don’t have the treatment?

The alternative to RCT is the extraction of the tooth. Once the pulp is damaged, it cannot heal without treatment and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

Sometimes a root treated tooth will darken after treatment. If any discolouration does take place, there are various cosmetic treatments available to restore the natural appearance of the tooth.

What if the infection comes back?

Root canal treatment is usually successful in about 80% of cases, although this depends largely on the difficulty of the individual tooth. If there should be a recurrence of infection the treatment can usually be repeated.

If a tooth has a particularly difficult shape, or a complication, it is possible to refer to a specialist who can use advanced techniques and instruments to treat your tooth. Sometimes extraction of the tooth is the only option if treatment fails.

Can the treatment be done at the practice?

RCT is routinely offered in our practice for most teeth. However some teeth are more complicated to treat and require specialist attention to give a reasonable chance of success; in these cases referral may be recommended.

Sometimes a tooth may be in a condition where RCT is not worthwhile; for instance teeth that have no useful function, teeth badly affected by gum disease, teeth that have split and teeth that cannot be reliably restored after RCT.

If your oral condition is very poor and you have uncontrolled decay or periodontal problems, you will need to control these problems before embarking on root-treatment.

Who will carry out my RCT?

Endodontics is one of the most difficult disciplines in dentistry, and probably the one with the lowest levels of predictability and success.

You can choose to have your root treatment performed by your usual dentist, or you can choose to be referred privately to our inhouse Dentist with Special Interests, Jonathan Skidmore, who has special equipment and techniques available.

Dr Jonathan Skidmore performing Root Canal Treatment using a microscope

Dr Jonathan Skidmore performing Root Canal Treatment using a microscope

Jonathan spends a bulk of his clinical time performing root-canal treatments and has great experience, extra training and qualifications in this discipline.

Referral of your treatment can often result in a more predictable result with your root-treatment increasing the chances of keeping your tooth.

The most complex cases may need to be referred out of the practice to an external specialist who has even higher levels of training and equipment.

Are there any risks?

Any of these complications may compromise the prognosis for the tooth and delay or prevent healing. In some cases, a serious complication may necessitate extraction of the tooth or referral to a specialist.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Root filled teeth are weaker and more brittle than live teeth. For this reason it is often advisable to restore the root-filled tooth with a crown or onlay to reinforce the tooth.

We normally wait a few months after treatment so that we can be sure that the root canal treatment is OK prior to assessing whether crowning is advisable.

How much does Root Canal Treatment cost?

The vast majority of patients require non-surgical root canal treatment, which starts from £400. The price is relative to the number of roots each tooth has. Teeth further back in the mouth have more roots and therefore require more time and material cost and this is reflected in slightly increased fees. Please see our price list here

Flexible finance options are available with Chrysalis Finance, see our finance calculator here.

Before and after

Here is an example of a high quality root canal treatment. Note how the black area in the middle and around the roots indicating infection has disappeared after a year and the bone has healed

Meet the root canal treatment team…

  • Jonathan Skidmore

    I have been a practicing Dentist since 2014 and I have developed a special interest in Endodontics (Root canal treatment). In 2019 I completed a 2 year masters program in Endodontics with Simply Endo and the University of Chester. My first experience of Endodontics at University were one of frustration and thinking how am I ever going to carry out this treatment on real life patients? The complexity of this treatment fascinated me and the equipment became my friend to manage both simple and difficult cases. I am a member of both the royal college of surgeons of Glasgow and the British Society of Endodontics, I have also completed an Invisalign brace training programme. I am lucky to be providing a treatment I love, to patients who need it while striving for the best outcomes and always putting the patient first.

    • BChD MSc (endo) MFDS (2014)
    • Registration number: 251907
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What customers say about us.

The Vallance Dental Centre IconThe Vallance Dental Centre

Brunswick Street, Manchester

4.7 ★★★★★ 551 reviews

  • Avatar David Evans ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The surgery is easy to get to on foot and there are safe crossings over very busy roads in the area making getting there on foot very safe. There is also free parking at the back of the building, and on the side street at the front of it with no time penalties.
    The dental surgery is located on the first floor, above the general surgery. There a small but sufficient combined waiting room and reception desk where Deb greets you. She's very efficient, very kind and gets things done!
    Hassan is
    … More the first dentist I've seen in 15 years (the last one was terrible hence the hesitation to see another dentist). I was very impressed with his skill and pragmatism in assessing my dental condition, and allowing me to talk about my concerns and discuss my priorities.
    After many X-rays, a bit of healthy discussion between him and his lovely assistant (who's name escapes me),
    he has helped me develop a full treatment plan, with fixed costs and no nasty surprises. I have signed up for this and my first treatment is exactly a week from when this was written.
    I shouldn't say this about going to the dentist, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how the treatment goes in the coming weeks.
  • Avatar Mohammad Khan ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    The Vallance Dental center, we're (my family) extremely happy with their services. The place is remarkably neat and clean, the service people are extremely friendly and helpful. Our dentist, Dr. Darren Wilkinson, whom my whole family has been visiting, is just outstanding with his behaviour and his professionalism. We, including our two children, just love this place and the people there.
  • Avatar Melanie Teeling ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    My family and I use to live local to this dentist but 15 years ago we moved further away. We have a few dental practises near to where we live but I wouldn't want to change ever. From the receptionist dental assistants to the dentist have always been absolutely fabulous. I would recommend this dental practise to anyone searching for a dentist.
  • Avatar Gethin ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Went to see the hygienist (Eesha) today and she was professional and helpful. She gave me more comprehensive advice than I've received at previous appointments. The nurse (Sam) was super welcoming and reassuring. Both skilled, professional and friendly!
  • Avatar Alexandra Lambert ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Excellent service from all the staff we met especially Dr Anastajia Bates and the dental nurse. Their gentle, professional approach made a patient who has not felt able to see a dentist for 35 years feel comfortable and safe. She is now happy to have regular dental care. Thank you all so much.
  • Avatar Sarah Purkis ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Great dental centre ... Have been with them for over 10 yrs. Everyone is always professional, friendly & helpful. The Dentists always explain my treatment options and any treatments are always completed in a timely manner and to a great standard.

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