Harley District, London

Elleven Dental

Root canal treatment aims to remove all infection and debris from the infected tooth. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure that can require two or more visits to a root canal specialist. Our private endodontic treatments are carried out in our state-of-the-art Harley District, London clinic.

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected.

The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes; deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess which can be extremely painful. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.

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Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch or chewing, discolouration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage, and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infections from the root canal. The root is then filled to prevent infection from recurring. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. All work is carried out whilst looking into your tooth with magnification (operating microscope). Some courses of treatment may involve two or more visits.

At the first appointment, the root canal is disinfected and shaped ready for the root filling. The canals will be dressed with an antibacterial paste and temporary filling is placed on top. The tooth is then left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the root canals and tooth is permanently filled. Sometimes the treatment may be completed on the same day with a final filling placed within the canals.

To find out more about our root canal treatments or to speak to one of our endodontic specialists, please get in touch today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Root canal treatment is the cleaning, disinfecting and filling of the roots of a tooth.

Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anaesthetics, patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain, pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.

Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. You may be asked to return to E11even Dental to take a check x-ray some months later. We will liaise with your dentist at all stages of your treatment with us.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful, with long-term success rates of over 85%. However, if the infection comes back other treatment options will be discussed.

At your initial visit a plan of treatment will be devised and likely costs determined.


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