root canal treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. In root canal treatment, once the bacteria are removed, the root canal is shaped and sterilised then filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown.

In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal naturally. If the infection is not removed, it can spread throughout the root canal system of the tooth and cause an abscess leading to damage in the bone around the tooth.

If you would like more information or any advice regarding root canal treatment please feel free to contact our helpful reception team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the possible side effects?

You may experience temporary jaw ache due to the length of the appointment and also some toothache between appointments.

How successful is root canal treatment?

The average success rate is between 80% and 90%. Heavily broken down teeth, a long lasting infection or unusual root shapes can reduce the chances of success.

What happens if root canal treatment fails?

Either:

  1. attempt to repeat the procedure – removing the previous root filling and disinfecting the canals
  2. Root end surgery (apecectomy) – a minor oral surgical procedure which involves accessing the infected area at the tip of the root.
  3. Remove the tooth- this will ensure the infection is permanently eliminated. You would be left with a gap but this can be filled with a denture, bridge or implant.