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What is root canal treatment?

The purpose of this treatment is to remove the inflamed or dead nerve, disinfect the inside of the tooth to eliminate bacteria, and then fill it with an inert material that will provide a seal and stop/reduce the spread of bacteria in the future.

Most root canal treatments are provided over two visits. The first is to clean the area and relieve any pain, and the second is to fill it. Occasionally more visits may be required if things are not settling as we expect.

After the treatment a strong filling or crown may be fitted to seal the affected area and reduce the chance of bacteria re-entering the canal system.

Do you need root canal treatment?

It is the cause of some debate as to what the nerve in the middle of the tooth is for. What is certain though is that it can become inflamed and die off causing pain and abscesses. When this happens some people experience severe pain or swelling, but others feel no pain at all. Once the nerve is damaged there are two options, remove the affected tooth or provide root canal treatment.

Benefits of the treatment

As well as relieving your pain, the benefit of this treatment is that you retain your tooth. This helps maintain the natural function of your mouth and helps protect your other teeth from undue wear. It can also help to retain your natural appearance.

Book your Root Canal treatment with Dr Thomas Dey our dentist with a specialist interest in Endodontics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our clinicians make sure our patients are comfortable before the treatment, and local anaesthetic is applied to ensure the area is numb.

Various factors can cause a root canal needing treatment such as an accident to the tooth or untreated decay.

No, once the root canal treatment is completed you should not have any side effects.

There are alternative treatment options but these won’t be able to save the tooth.