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 is usually done on teeth because the nerve and blood supply (The pulp) has died off and so 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, here we would use a much stronger local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is comfortable and totally pain-free.
How long does it take?
If root canal is done to a high standard then it does take a while. We would normally book 1 or 2 one hours appointments. However, we would place a little rubber sheet (rubber dam) over the tooth which helps to support your jaw and gives you the sensation of being separated from the treatment. So it won’t feel as long as you may think.
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!’
Our primary concern is your comfort
We invest in all the latest technology to achieve the highest possible success rates
We always use rubber dam this as mentioned earlier 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 no hidden fees or costs
* (non-specialist level root canal treatment is free for Denplan care patients)