We don’t expect you to know that you need a root canal – that’s why it’s always best to book a dental check-up when something feels out of the ordinary. Our check-ups are charged at £110 for new patients and £95 for registered, existing patients.
So, if it’s your first exam, you can rest assured that we’ll conduct a thorough assessment that helps us get to know your oral condition better.
The sooner you get your tooth pain looked at, the more you reduce the risk of your decay developing into an abscess.
Tissue can become infected due to tooth decay or an injury, which may cause increased sensitivity, pain and swelling of the gums or face.
If any of the above resonates with you, tooth decay in your tooth has likely progressed to the point where the dental pulp has become inflamed or infected. The best option to treat the pain and save the tooth from extraction is with a root canal.
The alternative would either be a pulpotomy or having the tooth pulled.
Since the body’s immune system is unable to heal an infection inside a tooth or tooth root by itself, dental treatment is required to save the tooth and avoid further complications such as discolouration, severe toothache and complete decay.
Depending on the location of the root canal, the price can differ.
Plus, patients should know that root canals are often two-step procedures, which might require you to have a crown fitted at the end to protect the tooth.
Root canals involve cleaning out the infected tissue and nerve inside the tooth root and replacing it with a special filling which prevents discolouration and further infections.
The delicate procedure sometimes requires two or three appointments, but most cases are wrapped up in one.
Endodontist Dr Jonny Lee will perform your root canal procedure, which is carried out chairside, under local anaesthetic, and will be relatively painless.
However, for nervous patients who might be nervous about drilling and injections, we offer conscious dental sedation, which can help calm you. For example, IV sedation and oral sedation.
Although the loss of the soft tissue inside the tooth means that it will no longer be able to detect sensations, it will still be fully functional and should not cause any future problems.