Root Canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is carried out when the soft pulp tissue (nerve and blood vessels) normally contained in the centre of the tooth becomes diseased or dies. This may lead to inflammation or infection (an abscess) in the surrounding jaw bone causing pain and swelling at the end of the tooth root, although it can sometimes remain pain-free.
An Endodontist is a dentist who specialises in Endodontic treatment. Our service is consultant led but is delivered by Specialists, Specialists in Training who are at the end of their training programme and dentists with enhanced endodontic skills.
At your first appointment with us you will be seen by a dentist who will assess your dental needs. You will be asked to provide information about your general health, including any medications you take and you will also be asked whether you pay for NHS dental treatment.
An assessment appointment usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. After the dentist has checked your mouth and teeth, they will talk to you about any treatment needed. If treatment is needed the dentist will discuss the options available to you.
Treatment will only be carried out in agreement with you and in a way that you are happy with. The dentist may also offer you an appointment with our Oral Health Promotion Team to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy to try to avoid further treatment.