Root treatments – known as ‘endodontics’ – save millions of teeth every year. If the nerve and blood supply to the tooth (known as pulp) becomes infected, it can cause pain, inflammation, abscesses and tooth loss. By carefully removing the infected pulp and cleaning the root, we can restore a tooth to full function.
We promise to welcome you into a caring and professional environment where we will listen with respect and respond to your concerns. Our approach is ethical and our prices are transparent, which means that we will give you a clear breakdown of your proposed treatment costs in advance, as well as all the information you need to make an informed decision.
If you have been advised to have a root canal treatment, it will be because the tooth has become infected as a result of decay or injury. Infections, if left untreated, can lead to an abscess and cause a great deal of discomfort. The alternative is to remove the tooth altogether and consider, if appropriate, an implant, bridge or denture. However, we would always advise you to retain your natural tooth with root treatment if possible.
During your treatment, we will remove all of the infected pulp within your tooth. The next stage is to clean and shape the inside of your root and then place a filling. This is a time-consuming and highly skilled process, so you may need to come in for several appointments. Teeth that have had root canal treatment often require a crown for protection and strength.
If you have an infected tooth, you may already be in some pain and concerned about whether the treatment itself will feel worse. The good news is that, with local anaesthetic, the procedure can be completed without discomfort and, in most instances, the tooth is completely pain free and useable soon after the treatment. Your teeth may be sensitive for a couple of days afterwards, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
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Last updated on Tuesday 17th September 2019