Madeley Dental Practice, Telford Shropshire.

Telephone: 01952 585539

Address: 69 High Street, Madeley,
Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5AU


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What is Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) ?

Root canal treatment is a means of saving a tooth that has been damaged by infection or deep decay. The purpose of treatment is to restore the tooth to good health so that it can function properly inside your mouth.

Why should a tooth need to be root treated?

Deep inside every tooth is a pulp chamber and root canals that contain a living tissue called the pulp. The pulp is often mistakenly called 'the nerve' but in fact it contains a fine network of blood vessels. If a large cavity in a tooth reaches the pulp, or if a tooth breaks, bacteria can reach the pulp and infect it. The root canals then become infected and inevitably an abscess forms in the bone around the roots. Pain (sometimes severe) may occur at any time during this process and the infection can spread.

How is root canal treatment done?

The purpose of the treatment is to remove the bacteria from inside the tooth and disinfect the root canals. This is done by making a hole through the tooth into the pulp chamber, locating and measuring the root canal lengths, then cleaning and widening them with very fine files.

Is it painful?

Local anaesthetic is used throughout the procedure and every possible step is taken to ensure you are comfortable while the work is carried out. Following treatment you will be informed if there is a possibility of discomfort. This is usually minor, and does not last long

How long can treatments take?

This can vary according to the complexity of the root canals. Sometimes treatment can be carried out in one session lasting 60 to 90 minutes. Usually it may be necessary to place a dressing in the tooth and arrange another appointment

Is success guaranteed?

Root canal treatment does enjoy a high level of success. However, it should be remembered that it is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the very best treatment healing may not incur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this occur further steps may need to be taken to eradicate the infection.

How much does it cost?

Please view our price list for full pricing details.

All fees will be kept to wherever possible. However, increased difficulty and re-treatments will require an additional charge. This can usually be established following initial consultation and confirmed to you at this time. Where a tooth has been previously root filled a quotation will be given on an individual basis - re-treatments usually incur higher fees.

What happens after root canal?

Treatment may weaken the tooth and it is essential that you return to your dentist so that the tooth can be properly protected. A crown is often necessary.
Once it is restored, the tooth can be used normally, until then it is wise not to bite too hard on it.