Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the nerve or blood  supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) becomes  infected through decay or injury.

Why is root canal treatment neccessary?

If the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.

This will  eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment  is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. Other complications can occur such as as a facial swelling.


Does it hurt?

No. We use a a local anaesthetic  and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?

Firtsty the  infection is removed  from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

A root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance. The tooth can be bleached or crowned.

What are the success rates?

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. At 44 dental care we use digital xrays, apex locators and high end cleaning files to achieved good results.However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. Sometimes if the tooth has an aggressive infection the tooth may need to be extracted.

What if I don’t have the treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth  to prevent the tooth from fracturing.