Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (endodontics) i.e. required when the blood or nerve supply (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and can eventually lead to an abscess, which can be very painful. If root canal treatment is not carried out the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
What does it involve?
Root canal treatment is performed under local anesthetic and involves the removal of the infected pulp and cleaning and shaping of the area. A temporary filling is placed whilst the tooth settles and when all the infection has been cleared, the tooth can be permanently filled or crowned.
This is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment involve 2 – 3 visits to your dentist.
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure and is usually very successful , under anesthetic it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
It is recommendation to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength after completion of root canal treatment but this isn’t always essential.
The only alternative treatment to root canal treatment is to have the tooth extracted. The tooth cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some patients may prefer an extraction, it is best to retain as many natural teeth in the mouth as possible.
PRICES FROM – £315 to £525 (excluding restorative restoration)