• Restore an unhealthy tooth
  • Prevent infection spreading
  • Maintain better oral health
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Endodontics refers to the discipline in dentistry that deals with maintaining the health of the living tissues inside a tooth (pulp) and preventing infection of the surrounding tissues. Where infection is already present, the aim is to resolve it and restore the tooth to a good appearance and function.

As other structures in the facial, head and neck region may mimic toothache, an endodontist can play an important role in making an accurate diagnosis and undertake appropriate clinical procedures. Where the problem may be non-ondontogenic in origin (i.e. not tooth related) an appropriate referral to a Pain Specialist can be made.

One of the most common therapies performed by an endodontist is Root Canal Treatment.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

The root canal system in a healthy tooth contains living tissue (the pulp), including nerves and blood vessels. This tissue may be damaged by decay or traumatic injury to the tooth, resulting in infection with bacteria and the formation of an abscess.

Symptoms range from mild discomfort, particularly on biting, to significant pain and swelling. Occasionally, the infection presents as a shadow over the roots on an x-ray with no associated pain. Click here for more information.

Root canal treatments can be technically demanding, and so can prove challenging for non-specialist dentists to resolve. We have registered specialists in the field of endodontics/ root canals who are able to deal with the most complex cases.

Dental Rooms £ Wimbledon 020 8946 2426 Dental Rooms

When writing about Dr. Dev Patel only superlatives will do. As one who has, unfortunately, had to have a lot of dental treatment - much of it excellent - for many years, I can say that what he has provided since I began seeing him about eighteen months ago for implants has been in a class of its own. If perfection in dentistry exists, then that is what his work is. His expertise and skills are immensely impressive; and he is very approachable. Dental Rooms itself is a welcoming practice, efficiently organised and run.

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Exceptional in my opinion. I have met a lot of people due to requiring a range of treatment. Dr Dev Patel is fantastic, Charlie and Sandra were amazing when I had root canal treatment and Annette, the hygienist is super supportive and truly delightful. Angela is also superb. I honestly have nothing negative to say....only thanks!

Dental Rooms £ Wimbledon 020 8946 2426 Dental Rooms

Although having a root canal could never be described as a barrel of laughs (you know it's a big procedure when you go in and there are 2 dental nurses in addition to the specialist dentist), it was as painless and comfortable as it possibly could ever be at Dental Rooms, with Dr Charlie and the two excellent nurses, in a large, bright, comfortable room with french windows open to the sunshine. Every step was explained, constant reassurance and all completed on time. The only slight discomfort is at the beginning when you have the injection, but it's minor, and quickly over. Honestly, if you think you need a root canal doing, go there now, don't wait till it gets so painful that you need an emergency appointment (that gets very very expensive). Just do it!

Dr Charles Barnfield

GDC No. 244930
Specialist Endodontist
BDS, MJDF, MClinDent, MEndo (RCSEdin), MEndo (RCSEng)

Charlie graduated with a Bachelors of Dental Surgery from King’s College London in 2013. After completing foundation training in the West Midlands he furthered his experience with a senior house officer post in maxillofacial surgery at both Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals, before more general dental practitioner jobs in Sussex. He gained an MJDF (Membership in the Joint Dental Faculty) qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2015.

Further interest developed in restorative dentistry, completing a one-year postgraduate certificate in Endodontics in 2016. Later that year, he was awarded a place on the very competitive MClinDent four-year specialty training programme (leading to be a specialist Endodontist) from the world-renowned Eastman Dental Hospital, with an affiliated national training number (completed in 2020).

Since 2017 Charlie has limited his practice to Endodontics, accepting internal and external referrals for complex root canal treatment procedures and endodontic surgeries, as well as diagnosis of dental pain, trauma management and internal bleaching.

Charlie has passed both Membership in Endodontics examinations from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, which are the highest possible qualifications in the field of Endodontics. He has also been appointed to teach and mentor postgraduate dental students on the two-year taught Diploma in Endodontics from the Eastman Dental Institute.

Charlie has a calm manner and takes time to fully discuss all the options, including the proposed treatment, so his patients can be at complete ease during the treatment process. He prides himself on providing precise technical work to provide the best level of care to his patients. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, experiment with cooking and enjoys going to the latest theatre shows and museum exhibitions.

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