Root canals from £450*
*Please note that the fees for root canals vary depending on the complexity of each case.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). The root canal system contains the dental pulp and extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the root.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. An X-rays can show that the pulp has been damaged by a bacterial infection. The root canal treatment involves the removing of the bacteria from the root canal system.
After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown. In most cases the inflamed tissue near the tooth will heal naturally.
Before having root canal treatment, you'll usually be given a local anaesthetic. This means the procedure shouldn't be painful and should be no more unpleasant than having a filling.
It's important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment. You should avoid biting on hard foods until all of your treatment is complete. After your final treatment, your restored tooth shouldn't be painful, although it may feel sensitive for a few days.