Endodontics or Root Canal Treatment in Plymouth

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Root Canal Treatment at Larkham House

Also known as root canal treatment, endodontics is concerned with treating infection at the centre of the tooth (the root canal system).  The aim of root canal treatment at Larkham House is to prevent your tooth requiring extraction by removing the damaged pulp and treating the infection.

This type of treatment is necessary when the tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to:
  • severe decay,
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a broken crown
  • a crack or chip in the tooth
  • cracked or loose fillings
  • trauma to a tooth, such as a blow to the mouth.

If left untreated, the pulp can become infected and this may spread to the root canal, causing pain or lead to an abscess. Sometimes your tooth may look darker in colour than your other teeth, which means that the nerve inside your tooth is dead or dying. Without treatment, the infection may spread further into your jawbone and you may need to have your tooth taken out.

Endodontic Referral Service

We are now offering an Advanced Dentistry Referral Service from dental colleagues or from patients themselves for complex endodontic cases. We have the latest CBCT imaging scanner to enable advanced diagnosis for complex procedures and patient care. We aim to see patients within 7 days of receiving the referral. Please contact us for further details.

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Symptoms of an abscess in your tooth or gum may include:

  • an intense, throbbing pain in the affected tooth or gum that may come on suddenly and gets gradually worse
  • redness and swelling in your face
  • a tender, discoloured and/or loose tooth
  • shiny, red and swollen gums
  • sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
  • bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

How is root canal treatment performed?

During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then the tooth is filled, sealed and restored with either a crown or filling for protection, leaving it as good as new. In most cases the inflamed tissue near the tooth will heal naturally.

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After Endodontic treatment

It’s important to look after your teeth after root canal treatment. Avoid biting on hard foods until all of your treatment is complete. After your final treatment, your restored tooth may feel sensitive for a few days.

Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be used to relieve any discomfort. Return to your dentist if you continue to experience pain or swelling after using painkillers.


In most cases it’s possible to prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:

  • maintain good oral hygiene
  • avoid too much sugary food
  • give up smoking if you smoke
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Dr Jonathan Hope

GDC 154217
BSc (Hons), BDS, MSc
BDS Peninsula Dental School 2012
Dental Associate
Special Interest in:


Jonathan has a Master’s degree in Endodontics and carries-out most non-surgical Endodontic treatments including re-treatments.

He receives referrals for complex root canal that may prove to challenging for your own dentist treatments from across the South
West and is a member of the British Endodontic Society.

Jonathan utilises some of the latest technology including rotary and reciprocating shaping systems, active irrigation techniques, an operating microscope and digital radiography.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

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Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

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Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

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Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

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A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
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