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Root canal treatment is carried out to ensure the longevity of a tooth and to maintain the tooth free from symptoms.


Q Why is root canal treatment needed?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is required when the blood and nerve supply (the dental pulp) of the tooth is damaged due to tooth decay, large fillings, trauma, cracks or gum disease.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection is likely to spread through the root canal(s) of the tooth.
This could lead to a dental abscess.


Q Does it hurt?

A local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth before commencing treatment to ensure minimum discomfort. However, it is normal to expect some degree of discomfort for 2-3 days after each treatment appointment. This can usually be controlled using painkillers.

Q What does it involve?

Root canal treatment usually involves two to four appointments of 60 to 90 minutes each. It involves gaining access into the root canals through the crown of the tooth and then removing the contents and cleaning the canals thoroughly. The canals are then filled with a special root canal filling material which acts as a sealant to prevent further contamination. Up to four small x-rays are taken throughout the procedure to verify the progress of the treatment.


Q Is the treatment guaranteed?

It has a success rate of between 75% and 95% usually depending on the pre-existing condition of the tooth.


Q Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

It is often advisable to have a crown made for the tooth after the root canal treatment to protect it as the tooth may be weakened by the procedure. A well made crown will restore the structure and function of the tooth.

Surgery Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 2.00pm
These times may vary

Please help by giving us 24 hours notice to cancel or change an appointment. Patients wishing to change or cancel Monday morning appointments must do so by 1.30 pm on the proceeding Friday. Call 01322 223927 Otherwise a charge will be incurred.
On weekdays, please telephone the practice on 01322 223927 before 9.00am so that we can arrange to see you on the same day. Patients who have an emergency outside normal hours should ring the surgery for information regarding emergency treatment.


The centre is easily accessible for the less able and for wheelchairs. We have a ground floor surgery and disabled toilet facilities.