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Saving your natural teeth from extraction

Root canal treatment is required when nerves inside the teeth are severely damaged or irritated. During this procedure, the root canals are cleaned, disinfected and filled with a root canal filling material to allow the teeth to be rebuilt and to prevent the need for removal.

Why do I need root canal treatment?

An infected tooth can be a very unpleasant experience. The pulp tissues inside your tooth can become infected due to decay, trauma or deep fillings, often causing pain and distress. Through root canal treatment, we remove the infected pulp from the innermost part of your tooth, eliminating the symptoms associated with the infection and saving a natural tooth that may otherwise have needed to be extracted.

At Clover Dental, we use a specialist microscope to elevate your root canal treatment. It enables us to see the tiniest details of your tooth and deliver highly accurate results.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment can be lengthy, and usually requires multiple appointments. Initially, we take an X-ray to get an overall picture of the condition of your teeth, checking the root canals and looking for any other signs of infection.

We begin by removing the infected pulp from your tooth, using local anaesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout treatment. We then clean the root canals with an antibacterial solution, removing any remaining bacteria.

The next step is to shape the root canals using tiny and precise dental instruments, before filling them with a rubber material. We then use a filling to seal and rebuild your tooth. In some cases, a crown may be needed to restore your tooth shape and function correctly.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is root canal treatment painful?

    Root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, but this is often not the case. We use local anaesthetic to numb the affected area and ensure you are feeling at ease and comfortable before beginning the procedure. Many patients report that the pain from their infected tooth was much worse than the treatment itself, and the procedure is no more uncomfortable than having a standard filling.

  • How do I look after my root canal treated tooth?

    Once treatment is complete, your affected tooth can simply be treated just as your other natural teeth. You should include it in your daily oral hygiene routine, including twice daily brushing and flossing, and ensure you visit your dentist regularly. If it is looked after properly, your root canal treated tooth should stay problem free for the long term.

  • What are the alternatives to root canal treatment?

    The only alternative to root canal treatment is to remove the infected tooth. Extractions are often a last resort, as we want to do all we can to save your natural teeth. Removing a tooth can cause further issues with alignment in your remaining teeth and could incur further costs if you decide to fill the gap with a dental restoration such as a bridge or implant.

  • Which endodontic services do you provide?

    - Root canal treatment and re-treatment
    - Post and core build up; or space can be left for post and core (if requested)
    - Vital pulp therapy (pulp capping, pulpotomy)
    - Treatment of trauma cases
    - Treatment of unusual anatomy
    - Treatment of perio-endo lesions
    - Solutions for problems with anaesthesia
    - Finding and accessing sclerosed canals
    - Removal of posts and broken instruments
    - Endodontic surgery, including apicectomy, hemi-section, root resection, perforation, and external root resorption repair

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