General Dentistry

Getting you out of pain, saving your natural smile: discover how our Brackley dentists can put you back on the path to great oral health

Fuss-free, fear-free: why white fillings are the best option for cavities

Gone are the days of ‘drill and fill’ and a mouthful of metal. With the modern, composite white fillings at South Gables Dental Practice in Brackley, we can take an altogether more gentle approach that also delivers excellent aesthetic results. The composite material used for white fillings is soft and mouldable, which means we don’t need to remove as much the natural tooth as you would expect with a traditional metal filling. Tooth-coloured composite fillings also last a lot longer than they used to, making them a great long-term option for repairing cavities in Brackley.


Getting rid of toothache and saving smiles with modern, gentle root canal therapy

While root canal symptoms – usually a severe toothache, sometimes accompanied by an abscess – are unpleasant, you can rest assured that getting a high-tech root canal at South Gables Dental Practice is a gentle procedure that is considered as routine as having a filling. If you need a root canal, this is because dental decay has spread to the inside of your tooth, inflaming the bundle of nerve endings known as the dental pulp.

Using high-tech tools, the dentist will remove the inflamed tissue under a local anaesthetic and seal the tooth with a flexible material called gutta percha. This instantly eliminates your toothache and saves your natural tooth – always the best option. Afterwards, you may need to return to the practice to have your tooth strengthened with a dental crown. If you’re looking for a root canal dentist in Brackley, let South Gables Dental Practice dispel your fears and change your perceptions.


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Frequently asked questions

What does the fillings procedure involve?

The fillings procedure will involve a local anaesthetic, which will numb the tooth so that the dentist can gently remove any decay before repairing the cavity with a tooth-coloured composite material.

Does it hurt to get a filling?

It should not hurt to get a filling. We take great care to make the local anaesthetic procedure as comfortable as possible, after which your tooth will be completely numb.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

You may need a root canal for a variety of reasons – deep decay due to cavities or gum disease, cracked fillings or crowns, damage from a trauma, or even teeth grinding. Whatever the reason, your root canal treatment will allow you to keep your tooth and prevent future costly treatments.

What does the root canal procedure involve?

Root canal treatment in the UK is carried out under local anaesthetic and is usually a straightforward procedure, rather like getting a filling. Once the tooth is completely numb, the dentist will use a series of tiny instruments to open up the tooth and extract the infected pulp. The remaining space is cleaned and shaped, ready for filling with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling is usually placed on top – the permanent restoration would be carried out in a separate appointment.

Is root canal painful?

A root canal treatment should not hurt, as your tooth will be completely numb before the procedure begins. It can be a lengthy process though, so we may recommend you bring some headphones to entertain you during your procedure.

Will I need a crown after a root canal?

Root canal treatment weakens the tooth, so in many cases a dental crown is often the best solution. At South Gables Dental Practice, we will clearly explain every aspect of your treatment and provide you with a fully costed treatment plan.

Will I need to take time off work for a root canal?

You can carry on as normal once the anaesthetic has worn off, though the full healing period will take around a week – just be careful with what you eat, how you chew and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine.

How much does root canal cost?

The cost of a root canal starts from £325 at South Gables Dental Practice in Brackley – but you will need a full consultation and treatment plan to determine the exact cost. Your treatment plan will also explain our flexible payment options, including dental finance and Denplan membership.