Root Canal Treatment
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, aims to treat infection at the centre of the tooth. This infection is caused by bacteria, usually caused by tooth decay, unstable fillings, or when the tooth’s enamel is damaged.
It is essential to treat an infected root as the infection can spread via the blood stream into other parts of the body, and an untreated root can cause pain or swelling.
How does root canal treatment work?
Generally, root treatment of the tooth lasts about 2 hours which is divided into three visits. The dentist will use local anaesthetic to remove the infected pulp, clean the root canals and fill them to prevent further infection. It is normal to experience some tenderness once the local anaesthetic has worn off but this will subside.
How much does root canal treatment cost?
This dental treatment is part of general dentistry and is available under the NHS. The cost of root canal treatment depends on the tooth: Examples of costs for some types of NHS treatment are available here. Fees are as of 1st Nov 2019. Please note that NHS fee structure is complex and varies considerably from patient to patient depending of the treatment required
Your dentist will provide you with a written estimate before the treatment, so there will be no surprises. The treatment procedure and the care necessary after the treatment will be explained to you in the surgery as well.
To learn more about root canal treatment read our blog post here.
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