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Most patients are afraid and believe that root canal treatments are painful. This is a myth and when we review patients post operatively almost every patient has very little or almost no pain during and after treatment. Please look at the testimonials that patients have given us and almost all of them will mention very little or no pain. This is achieved by very thorough disinfection of the root canals using different disinfectants, high magnification(microscope) and utmost care when providing the treatment.

Anish graduated in 1993 in South Africa and emigrated with his family to the UK in 2002. He has always been passionate about root canal treatments and completed an MSc in Endodontics(root treatments) in 2012. Anish has also been appointed as Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Endodontic Speciality Teaching at the School of Dentistry- University of Birmingham.

He has been a Foundation Dentist Trainer for six years and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education. He currently lectures the Foundation Dentists on their Endodontic study days for East Yorkshire and South Midlands Deanery. Anish has been accepting referrals for endodontics(root canal treatments) since 2007 and is keen on supporting his colleagues with complex endodontic(root canal ) cases and improving their endodontic skills. He is committed improving his knowledge and skills and providing comfortable, caring dentistry to his patients.

The combination of passion, experience, knowledge and specialist equipment allows Anish to achieve a high success rate in treating complex root canal treatments.


Anish feels that it is important to call upon a sympathetic team who treat every patient with the highest level of care and professionalism. He is passionate about providing the highest standard of endodontic treatment, mindful of the patients comfort throughout. Following completion of treatment, the patient is usually referred back to the referring dental practitioner for final restoration.

Anish’s high standards are achieved by:

  • Constantly updating his skills and knowledge by attending post graduate courses
  • Investing in high quality equipment and materials as the technology improves.
  • Teaching at Birmingham Dental Hospital allows Anish to discuss some of the cases that are not straight forward with other consultants and specialists which ensures that he is providing the best possible care to his patients

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Basic Questions about root canal treatments

The term “root canal” can send shivers down ones spine. However, these are nothing more than outdated myths. In fact, the whole purpose of a root canal treatment is to remove or eliminate the pain. Root canal treatments are often a pain-free experience.

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

Root canal or endodontic treatment (endo-inside, dont-tooth) is necessary when the inside, or pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This may be due to:

  • decay
  • decay under an existing restoration (secondary decay)
  • repeated dental procedures on the tooth
  • a crack in the tooth
  • trauma

The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and is what keeps the tooth alive and allows you to perceive temperature change and pain. When the pulp is irreversibly damaged it causes toothache and severe pain. By removing the pulp and disinfecting the pulp chamber we are able to eliminate the pain and is the last resort to saving the tooth. After a root canal treatment is undertaken we are essentially left with a shell of the tooth without a pulp (nerve or blood supply) but the tooth is still functional.

What are typical symptoms of a tooth that requires root canal treatment?

Some of the signs or symptoms that require root canal treatment are:

  • Sharp, acute and intense pain, which is difficult to pinpoint
  • Sharp pain when biting down on your tooth or on food
  • Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods
  • Dull ache and pressure
  • Tenderness (accompanied by swelling) in the nearby gums
  • A tooth that is tender or uncomfortable to bite on.
  • Often tenderness on the gum when you press on it with your finger in the area of the apex (tip of the root) of a tooth

Please note that the signs and symptoms above do not always mean a tooth requires root canal treatment. The tooth needs to be carefully assessed by a dentist.

What is involved in root canal treatment to save my tooth?

To gain access to the pulp a small hole is prepared in the biting surface of the tooth. The dead and dying tissue is carefully removed using special instruments and the root canals are cleaned and disinfected.

A biocompatible filling material (gutta percha) is used to fill the specially shaped and disinfected root canals.

A temporary restoration is placed when the root canal is completed and the patient is handed back to your referring dentist for final restoration of the tooth.