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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Endodontic treatment FAQs

If you have been told you need a root canal treatment (RCT) and would like to find out more, our FAQs aim to help answer all your questions and alleviate any worries you may have. Root canal treatment is painless by using modern technology and techniques that Dr Skidmore utilises. If you are particularly nervous about root canal treatment we work with a seditionist who can provide IV sedation for your treatment for an additional fee.

  • 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?

    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 root canal treatment 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?

    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?

    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 presents unique challenges and demands precise skill to achieve successful outcomes. At our dental practice, we understand the importance of receiving top-quality endodontic care, and we strive to provide exceptional root canal treatments to help you maintain your dental health.

While you may choose to receive root canal treatment from your regular dentist, we also offer the option to be treated by our in-house Dentist with Special Interest in Endodontics, Dr. Jonathan Skidmore. With access to a microscope, advanced equipment and techniques, Dr. Skidmore is well-equipped to handle even the most intricate endodontic cases.

Dr Jonathan Skidmore performing Root Canal Treatment using a microscope

Dr Jonathan Skidmore performing Root Canal Treatment using a microscope

Dedicated to delivering outstanding endodontic care, Dr. Skidmore devotes a significant portion of his clinical practice to performing root canal treatments. His wealth of experience, additional training, and qualifications in endodontics ensure that you receive the highest quality care for your dental needs.

Opting for a referral to Dr. Skidmore for your root canal treatment may lead to more predictable results, ultimately increasing the likelihood of preserving your natural tooth. Trust in his expertise to provide you with the best possible outcome.

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?

  • There is a moderate risk of pain and swelling immediately following treatment and for a few days afterwards. This is normally relieved by over-the-counter painkillers but can occasionally be more severe.
  • Sometimes there can be a spreading infection from the tooth, which may need antibiotics.
  • Root-canal instruments are very fragile- there is a possibility that one may break inside the tooth.
  • The root filling may sometimes extend beyond the tip of the root, or may not completely fill the root to the tip.
  • The tooth may be “perforated” (this is when a hole is made through the side of the tooth when searching for small canals)

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 £600. 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

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Before and after root canal treatment

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

4.8 ★★★★★ 830 reviews

  • Avatar Ash Mottram ★★★★★ in the last week
    Just returned home from an airpolish appointment with the Hygienist, have to say that I am extremely impressed, really enjoying smiling in the mirror!
    Eesha and Catherine are fantastic, really professional and super knowledgeable about their profession, in addition to that they're really cool people.
    You can tell they enjoy people leaving satisfied with their work
  • Avatar Fatma Said ★★★★★ in the last week
    Had a root canal treatment from Dr Skidmore and it was very quick and painless. I don’t quite enjoy a visit to the dentist but this was genuinely one of my best interactions/treatments at the dentist. I would highly recommend this dentist to all my friends and family. I am not one to leave reviews but my experience was so great that I couldn't have not left a review. I would like to say an overall thank you to Dr Skidmore and Zoe for be amazing stars and keeping updated during the treatment. … More They are literally the best dental duo ever. They are like the Venus and Serena Williams for dental treatments. I would also like to thank Abul, for his amazing communication and always answering any questions or concerns I may have had. Overall I just wanted to thank the staff for being great and I would highly recommend this place for anyone needing any dental treatments.
  • Avatar martin moor ★★★★★ in the last week
    I have just returned from an appointment with dentist George and nurse Natalie to repair a broken tooth with an onlay. George explained the process throughout the visit using the latest equipment and scanner. The work done is perfect.Natalie was excellent in putting me at ease and her aspirating is world class! I have no hesitation in recommending Vallance Dental Centre for all dental needs having been a satisfied patient for 10 years.
  • Avatar Daniel P ★★★★★ a week ago
    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dr. George Cheesman at The Vallance Dental Centre, and I am extremely impressed with the level of care and professionalism I received.
    Overall, my experience at The Vallance Dental Centre was exceptional. The entire team, from the front desk to the dental assistants and especially Dr. George Cheesman.
    Thank you.
  • Avatar Antonio Dario Rizzelli ★★★★★ a week ago
    Fantastic experience with dr Steph and Natalia. They are both professional and meticulous. So far I have only been for a private checkup and deep clean, but I am looking forward for more treatments. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar M Ghiya ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    I just wanted to come on here and commend Dr Cheeseman & Pauline for their excellent work when I came in for my dentist appointment this week! What a great staff this centre has, from the receptionists to the dentists, and what an amazing job George & Pauline did to get me relaxed and stop my anxiety when coming in for my appointment! Thanks to the whole team for always making my visits so wonderful:)

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