At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp which contains cells, nerves, living fibres and a blood supply.
This extends through the root(s) of a tooth.
Injury or tooth decay can cause the death of living pulp leading to infection, toothache and even an abscess.
Root canal treatment removes damaged or dead pulp, and then fills the space that’s left. Front teeth usually have 1 root but back teeth will have 2 or more roots. Each root and subsequent canal has to be cleaned, disinfected and filled individually. The entire procedure can be completed in one visit but may take two or three appointments depending on the degree of infection
We use rubber dam for all root canal procedures for total isolation and your safety.
The remaining tooth then has to be filled, usually with a dental crown or onlay as the tooth becomes very brittle and liable to fracture after a root canal treatment. Root fillings tend to be very successful, however infection can recur which may mean re-root treatment or removal of the tooth. For complex cases, we work with some of the UK´s top endodontists (Root canal specialists)