Our minimally invasive approach means that our team will always try to restore and save your natural teeth wherever possible. If a tooth is infected but otherwise strong and healthy, one of the treatment options we offer is root canal treatment. Our close relationships with our patients mean that we completely understand that just this phrase can cause many people to feel very worried and anxious that they have to undergo a painful, lengthy procedure, but recent advances in dentistry mean this is absolutely no longer the case.
Root canals are a very common treatment, and our dentists are experts at administering gentle pain relief, as well as carrying out the treatment smoothly and efficiently. If you are feeling particularly worried or anxious, we can also offer safe sedation to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Many patients who require root canal treatment report symptoms of toothache, swelling, tenderness and sensitivity to hot and cold, so the treatment quickly brings welcome relief to these discomfort and pain
The treatment itself involves opening the top of the infected tooth and removing the soft, infected tissue from inside. The canals of the tooth are then thoroughly cleaned and filled with a safe, inert dental gum. A crown or composite restoration is then used to seal the top of the tooth, so after a day or so, your mouth will look and feel normal again.
In some cases, where a root canal treatment is particularly complex, you may need more than one appointment. If this is the case, the tooth is filled with a medicated material to reduce the risk of further infection, with a temporary filling placed over the top so you can eat, drink and smile normally until the next step of your treatment.
Once treatment is complete, we would recommend you make regular hygiene therapy appointments with our dental hygienist. Here, you can get a thorough deep clean of the mouth, preventing further infections, and learn the best ways to take care of your teeth at home.