Stop the pain of a dental abscess. Root canal treatment is often the final treatment option for a tooth that is badly damaged by infection.
Root canal treatment is necessary when a large tooth cavity reaches the nerves within a tooth and consequently becomes infected. This will lead to excessive pain in your mouth or tooth, which can be unbearable.
Our treatment is designed to leave you with minimal pain after the procedure. By removing bacteria and damaged or dead nerves, the tooth can be sealed, and the tooth infection can begin to heal. Root canal procedures are highly successful and make a significant difference to how you feel. Root canal treatment is also preferred as it allows us to maintain the natural tooth structure. The alternative is to extract the tooth and replace it with a bridge, denture or implant.
If you’re in pain from a toothache and it is interfering with your life, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. If the pain goes away, this simply means that more of the tooth root has died and the infection will inevitably return. It could spread to other parts of your body if left untreated. If you have a toothache that has become intolerable, don’t hesitate to book an appointment.
Last chance to save a tooth
A root canal treatment is often the last chance to save a tooth before we recommend extraction. While the procedure might have a bad reputation, we will do everything to control your discomfort and minimise your pain. You will be numbed throughout the treatment, so you might feel pressure, but you should not feel any pain.
Restoring your teeth with a crown
To help protect the tooth after removing the damaged pulp, we will fill the root canals with a type of rubber cement and then cover the top with a dental crown. This will help restore your smile and protect the underlying structure from further damage. Crowns available on the NHS include all metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, all-ceramic and stainless steel.
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In the majority of cases root canal surgery is successfully carried out without the loss of the tooth. This is complicated dental work and cases vary patient by patient. You can also be referred to a specialist privately for an improved outcome or in some complicated cases you could be referred to the dental hospital for care on the NHS.
The pain related to root canal problems is the infection itself, which can be incredibly uncomfortable. Root canal treatment is carried out to remove that source of pain and should not be painful in itself. Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area before treatment begins.
The actual treatment typically takes around 90 minutes, but this can be longer for more complex roots. The treatment may be carried out over one or multiple visits. During the first visit, we will remove the infected portion of the tooth and clean out the root canals. You will then return to the practice to have the crown fitted to complete the restoration.
Root canal treatment isn’t always successful and can lead to recurring infections. This can happen if the root canals are very complex. If this happens, you may have a choice between repeating the treatment or extracting the tooth.
We offer a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Learn more about individual treatment options or book a consultation to find out how we can help.