Routine and referral dental practice based in Derby

Protect your oral health

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury, often causing an abscess. At our Derby dental practice we will never extract a tooth that can be saved, so we will always endeavour to cost-effectively save the tooth while keeping your mouth healthy. Some patients may be intimidated by the root canal process, but they don’t need to be. With our superior equipment and experienced dentists, we can safely address your abscess to give you an effective root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment process

The procedure may be completed over 1-2 visits to our Derby practice, and each appointment will take one and a half to two hours.

We will first prepare the root canal treatment area, ensuring the tooth is dry and administer a local anaesthetic for your comfort. We will remove the infected pulp and any necessary problem material, clean the area inside and around the tooth to ensure all infected debris has been removed, and periodically wash the area with sterile water.

Depending on your treatment, we may seal the tooth temporarily and request you return for a second appointment for the necessary filling or crown at a later date to ensure healing. However, depending on the patient, this may also be performed on the same day as root canal treatment.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.

This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.