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What is it?

Root canal treatment is used to save teeth which would otherwise need to be removed.

It is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.

Is it painful?

Simply, the answer is no!

Root canal treatments are usually done on teeth where the nerve and blood supply (the pulp) has died off, so it is usually completely painless. However, we would always use a good level of local anaesthetic.

Occasionally we need to treat teeth where the tooth pulp is inflamed and still dying off. In this situation, we would use a much stronger local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is comfortable and totally pain-free.

How long does it take?

If a root canal is done to a high standard, then it will take a while. We would normally book one or two 1 hour appointments. To help time pass, so it doesn’t feel as long, we will place a little rubber sheet (rubber dam) over the tooth. This will help support your jaw and give you the sensation of being separated from the treatment.

The most common comment we get after treatment is –

‘ That rubber sheet is amazing- it felt like the treatment was happening to someone else. I think I may even have fallen asleep at some point!’

Why us?

Our primary concern is your comfort

We invest in all the latest technology to achieve the highest possible success rates

We always use the rubber dam as mentioned above as this makes the procedure more comfortable and also increases the long term success of the treatment.

Our dentists are all highly trained but we also have the services of an accredited dentist with specialist interest in endodontics who is on hand to support us with very complex cases.

Our pricing where applicable* is always transparent so there are no hidden fees or costs.

* (non-specialist level root canal treatment is free for Denplan care patients)

01189 722 626


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The whole team at wood lane has made me feel so welcome. However my dentist is a genius. My teeth feel better than they have felt in years. His kindness and patience seem unending. I have already made the rest of my family sign up with the practice.

The practice was recommended to me by a relative and though I live some distance away I would travel twice the distance to keep seeing my dentist. He always explains everything he does and makes the whole experience pain free and dare I say even pleasant. He has a lovely team behind him which only adds to my pleasure at being a patient at this practice.

This is one of the best dental practices that I have ever been to. Me and my whole family now use the wood lane practice, and all of us are very pleased with the service that we frequently recieve!

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