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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

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. You may not realise you have pulp damage as there could be a complete lack of symptoms. However, pain, sensitivity, gum tenderness or discolouration of the affected tooth could indicate a problem.

Treatment may require a number of appointments and 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.

Treatment steps

  • 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.
  • At your next appointment, the root canals are sealed 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.

Root Treatment: Treatment Video

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