Specialist Endodontics/Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy, also known as root canal treatment, is the method of treating infected or decayed teeth without having to remove them.

Protect your dental health

Root canal treatment is needed when there is an infection deep within the dental pulp at the centre of a tooth, within the root canal. The treatment removes bacteria from inside the tooth and then disinfects and seals the tooth to prevent recurring infections.

It is important to treat tooth infections as soon as possible, as they can not only be very painful, but they can lead to painful abscesses or tooth loss. Performing root canal treatment means that you should have a healthy, functioning tooth for many years to come.

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Signs you may need treatment

Infections in the root canal can happen for a number of reasons, including tooth decay, leaking fillings or trauma to the teeth, including broken teeth. If you have an infection, you may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
  • Discomfort when biting or putting pressure on the tooth
  • A change in tooth colour, which could signal nerve loss
  • Bumps near to the painful tooth
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Discharge from the infected tooth
  • A loose tooth

The process

We start by making a small hole through the damaged tooth into the pulp chamber at the centre where infections can form. We then use high-powered magnification to help thoroughly clean and shape the inflamed or infected part of the tooth to remove the cause of the problem. The root canal is then sealed with a filling material to prevent the formation of future infection, and the top of the tooth is restored with a separate filling. We usually finish the procedure with a crown – a permanent cap that covers and protects the tooth – which looks and feels natural.

Specialist procedures

We also offer a range of more complex endodontic therapies – using the latest techniques and equipment – including treatment of an old or failing root filling, as well as apical surgery, where a portion of the root tip is removed and the root is sealed.

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How do I know if I need root canal treatment?
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, then come to us for an appointment. We’ll be able to run a number of tests and take X-rays to confirm the need for root canal treatment.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
We will give you a local anaesthetic beforehand, so it won’t be painful and there will be minimal discomfort.
How long does it take to recover?
You may feel a little sore for a couple of days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief.
How can I protect my teeth in the future?
To keep your teeth as healthy as possible, and to avoid future root canal treatment, we recommend cleaning your teeth regularly, avoiding sugary foods and smoking, and to have regular check-ups.

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