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Root Canal Treatment

Here at the Town House Dental Practice, we are pleased to offer treat root canal.

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment involves the sterilisation of an infected tooth and can often be necessary to save a tooth that has severe damage or decay. To save a severely damaged tooth, we can clean out the small space in the centre of the tooth occupied by the nerve – the root canal – disinfect the space and then seal it.

What Causes Root Canal Infections?

The root canal – or dental pulp – at the centre of a tooth can become infected by bacteria in several different ways:

– tooth decay
– a cracked or failing filling
– damage to the tooth structure caused by a trauma, such as a fall or knock

Trusted Root Canal Treatment in Tunbridge Wells and Brighton & Hove

Endodontics is the specialist dental treatment related to treating injuries and infection of the root canal. At our dental practice in Tunbridge Wells, Dr Ian Bell has a special interest in endodontics and treating root canal infections.

With a Masters degree in endodontics, our highly skilled root canal expert provides the majority of treatment for our patients as well as accepting referrals from other dentists across the southeast of England. Dr Bell also sees patients for root canal treatment on a self-referral basis.

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If you need root canal treatment or would like us to check on the health of your teeth, please get in touch to arrange an appointment. Contact our friendly team by visiting our contact page.

Root Canal Common Questions

  1. How long does a root canal take?

    The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on factors such as the tooth’s location, the complexity of the root canal system, and the individual’s anatomy. On average, a root canal treatment can take one to two hours per tooth. However, some cases may require multiple visits to complete the procedure fully. Your dentist or endodontist will assess your specific situation and provide you with an estimate of the treatment duration during your initial consultation.

  2. Are root canals painful?

    Root canal surgeries are typically performed under local anaesthesia to numb the affected area, minimising discomfort during the treatment. While some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness after the procedure, modern techniques and anaesthesia make root canals generally painless. Additionally, any discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Overall, the goal of a root canal is to alleviate pain caused by an infected or damaged tooth rather than cause additional discomfort.

  3. How much is a root canal?

    Root canal costs can vary depending on your individual treatment including the complexity of your treatment and if more than one root canal is needed. Our root canal treatments start from £490. You can view our fees by visiting our fees page.

  4. How to avoid root canal?

    To avoid needing a root canal, it’s important to prioritise good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Additionally, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, quitting smoking, and wearing a mouthguard during contact sports or activities can help prevent tooth decay and damage. Promptly treating any dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, can also help prevent the need for root canal surgery.

  5. Can you eat after a root canal?

    After a root canal procedure, it’s generally recommended to wait until the numbness from the anaesthesia wears off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. Once the numbness has subsided, you can typically resume eating soft foods on the treated side of your mouth. However, it’s best to avoid chewing directly on the tooth that received the root canal treatment until any discomfort or tenderness subsides, which may take a day or two. It’s also important to follow any specific post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist for optimal healing.

  6. How long between root canal appointments?

    The time between root canal appointments can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the dentist’s treatment plan. In most cases, root canal treatment is completed in two or more appointments. Typically, the initial appointment involves removing the infected or damaged pulp tissue from the tooth and cleaning and shaping the root canals. The tooth is then filled with a temporary filling material. Subsequent appointments may be scheduled to ensure thorough cleaning of the root canals, and to place a permanent filling or crown on the tooth to restore its structure and function. The intervals between appointments allow time for any inflammation or infection to resolve before completing the treatment. Your dentist will advise you on the recommended schedule for your specific situation.

  7. How long do root canals last?

    Root canals can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. However, the longevity of a root canal-treated tooth depends on various factors such as the quality of the initial treatment, the tooth’s location in the mouth, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. With regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene practices, and timely dental care, root canal-treated teeth can remain functional for many years. In some cases, additional dental procedures such as placing a crown on the tooth may be necessary to provide additional protection and support, thereby increasing the longevity of the root canal treatment.

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