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Removing infection and eliminating pain

Root canal treatment (or endodontics) involves the removal of damaged or infected pulp from the inner part of the tooth to prevent any infection from spreading and to help save the tooth from extraction. Pulp can be damaged for a number of reasons including extensive decay, a deep filling, significant tooth wear, or trauma. Symptoms including pain, sensitivity, gum tenderness, or discolouration of the affected tooth could indicate a problem.

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What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

  • Can save an infected tooth from extraction
  • Removes a source of infection that could spread to other areas
  • Prevents further problems that could be caused by losing a tooth
  • Can relieve toothache
  • Less expensive than replacing a lost tooth

What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment may require a number of appointments, which will depend on the type of tooth being treated. Front teeth are quicker to treat as they have just one root canal, but back teeth will take a little longer as they can have up to four.

During the first appointment, we numb the area to be treated and remove the infected pulp. We clean the root canals, shape them to allow room for the final filling and then flush them with an anti-bacterial solution. The tooth is temporarily filled to protect it until your next visit.

We seal the root canals, and the hole that was drilled to access the pulp is also filled. The treated tooth may then be protected with a permanent onlay or crown to help restore shape and functionality, and protect it from further damage.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Although root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, the procedure should be no more uncomfortable than having a normal filling.

  • The best way to look after your tooth following endodontic treatment is to keep up with a regular brushing and flossing routine. Root filled teeth are still prone to decay, so need to be cared for properly. You should also ensure you attend regular check ups with your dentist.

  • If looked after properly, with regular brushing and flossing, your root canal treated tooth should stay trouble-free and provide a long lasting repair. Even though the pulp has been removed, the tooth will stay intact because the canals have been sealed to prevent re-infection. Regular check-ups are also recommended so any problems can be detected early.

  • If it is properly cared for, your root treated tooth should function well for many years and cause no issues. In some cases, the treatment may need to be repeated, but this is rare.

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