Root Canal Treatment

Within every tooth is a nerve chamber and a blood supply in the root canal. In a healthy tooth, these nerves will be alive. Front teeth will normally have one root holding them in the jaw bone, but back teeth can have two, three or four.

If a large cavity in a tooth reaches the nerve chamber, or if a tooth breaks, bacteria can cause the nerves to die. The root canals can become infected and an abscess may form beneath the root(s) of the tooth, in the jawbone. Pain (occasionally severe) may occur at any time during this process, and the infection can spread.

Treatment is usually carried out over one or two visits. The purpose of the treatment is to remove the bacteria or dying tissue from inside the tooth and to clean and disinfect the root canals. This is achieved by making a small hole through the tooth into the nerve chamber, locating and measuring the root canals, then cleaning and widening them using fine instruments. Local anaesthetic is used throughout the procedure to avoid any discomfort.

To aid the instrumentation of these intricate channels to the tooth, magnification may be used and, if possible, the tooth will usually be isolated to keep the area dry and clear.

Once clean, the canals are filled to seal them off from re-infection. In most cases, infections will start to heal at this point.

Most patients only experience mild discomfort following treatment, but it is common to experience none at all.

Q: Is treatment painful?

A: No. Local anaesthetic is used throughout the procedure, and every possible step is taken to ensure that you are comfortable while the work is carried out. Following treatment, you will be informed of the possibility of discomfort from the area. This is usually minor, and does not last long.

Q: How long does the treatment take?

A: This can vary according to the complexity of the root canals, the presence of infection, or if re-treatment is being carried out. Sometimes treatment can be carried out in one session lasting between one to two hours. Although further treatment may be required if the canals are infected, or are being retreated.

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I have just finished my Invisalign course and am extremely happy with the results. Although there are other practices much closer to me, I chose Elegance Dental because of their glowing reputation, and I’m pleased to say I made the right choice. Erika was always very polite and professional, answering any questions I had along the way, and her assistant Lucy was lovely too.

The receptionists were always friendly and helpful, especially Holly who dealt with my monitoring messages – always responding very quickly and helping to re-arrange appointments when I needed.

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I cannot speak highly enough of this dental practice! All of the staff are so friendly & polite. As a usually very anxious patient, I was worried that I wouldn't feel comfortable going to a new practice but all of the staff made me feel confident & calm. Sneha has been fantastic from the get go, explaining all the procedures & what was going to be done at each appointment in as much detail as I wanted - no question too big or too small - and Holly & Lucy were also brilliant, they honestly couldn't do enough to calm me down & it feels like they all really care about their patients. I won't go anywhere else for dental work in the future and I'm grateful to have finally found a dentist I can trust! Thank you all xx

Allison Cassidy, Puckeridge

Went in for my normal 6 month check up today, Erica thoroughly cleaned and checked as usual and to my joy and surprise she asked if I would like to have my chip filled in on my front tooth. Without hesitating off she went. Thank you so much Erica, I honestly can't thank you enough. My wedding photos will look great now.....well at least my teeth will be!

Sarah-Jane Jackson, Puckeridge

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Erika and all the team at Elegance Dental. I was overdue to a visit to the dentist and was very anxious as I am not the easiest of patients. I found all the staff to be very supportive and so friendly throughout my treatment as I had Invisalign. Erika went above and beyond to have my treatment completed before my wedding which made such a difference for me on our special day. So pleased with my new smile 😀. Would thoroughly recommend! X

Jo Osborn, Puckeridge

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Erika is THE best. I had my Invisalign through Erika and more recently some further dental work. There isn’t anybody else I would go to or trust the way I trust Erika. She is nothing short of amazing and professional at all times, explaining your options and what’s the best treatment! Her whole team is welcoming and make you feel ‘at home’ right away! Thank you Erika :)

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