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Root canal treatment (endodontics) is required when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected.

The pulp contains the nerve and blood supply to each tooth and is housed in a hollow chamber at the centre. This treatment is not painful and is an alternative to the tooth is removed (extracted).

The aim of it is to eliminate the infection and restore the function of the tooth so you don’t lose the tooth. Sometimes, a root canal may not be an option, for example, if the tooth is very broken down and will not last. This will be assessed during your appointment, and your options for the tooth presented to you in full.


Why would I need a root canal treatment?

Bacteria can invade from the mouth into the root canal system of the tooth.

This can occur due to:

  • Extensive decay
  • Deep failing fillings
  • Trauma, such as a fall

When will I know I need a root canal treatment?

The bacteria cause necrosis or death of the pulpal tissue which can lead to severe pain and the spreading of infection under the tooth if it is left untreated.

Symptoms of nerve death

  • Dull throbbing ache
  • Spontaneous pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Radiating pain
  • Progressive infection
  • Pain on biting
  • Bad taste
  • Swelling
  • Colour change

What happens in a root canal treatment?

We will first administer a local anaesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain, and then the tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth by a rubber sheet to ensure the treatment is conducted in a sterile environment. We will cut a cavity to access the chamber where the infected tissue is. We will then remove the infected pulp tissue inside the tooth and clean, shape and seal the root canals from further infection.

We use state-of-the-art equipment and x rays to ensure the root canal is properly prepared and filled.

Dr Suraj Patel is our resident dentist with a special interest in root canal treatment for the more difficult cases. Occasionally when the case is particularly complex we may need to refer to a specialist endodontist (root canal specialist).

For more information regarding this treatment

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