root canal putney - how root canal treatment is done

Root canal treatment (or “endodontics”) involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. Removal of the infected or inflamed pulp is the first step in saving the tooth and, during this process, debris within the canals is removed by flushing with an anti-bacterial solution. The canals are finally filled or sealed and the tooth restored to full shape and function by either a permanent filling or a crown.

Root canal treatment is popular because, as well as alieviating pain, it’s also possible to save the damaged tooth which would otherwise need to be extracted. This, in turn, helps the patient maintain their appearance, their confidence and avoid the substantial cost of replacing the missing tooth with a bridge, a denture or a dental implant which can cost thousands of pounds.

If you need a root canal, we have several endodontists at the practice who specialise in this type of treatment and are available to help you quickly.

Please call us on 020 8788 2727 or 020 8788 2720 or email the practice at to arrange your root canal treatment.


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Root canal surgery is considered necessary when a dental X-ray shows that the pulp within one or more of your teeth has been damaged as a result of a bacterial infection.

Infected dental pulp cannot heal by itself and the pain that you experience will probably get worse and may result in an abscess, so it’s important to consult your dentist as soon as possible if you begin to experience toothache.

The first step is to prepare your infected tooth for drilling by removing any decay or other issues that might cause discomfort during treatment.

An X-ray is then performed in order to make sure there are no hidden cavities or infections in your tooth.

Next, the pulp chamber is then thoroughly cleaned and any infected tissue from inside the tooth is removed.

Finally, the tooth is disinfected and sealed with a filling or crown.

The tooth will then begin to heal naturally.

While it may be initially uncomfortable to eat on the side of the mouth that received endodontic treatment, the good news is that your mouth will heal quickly and most patients will recover within a few days.

You should try to avoid eating hard foods on that side for at least a few days after your treatment and can take over-the-counter pain relief medicine to help if you experience any discomfort following the procedure.

In some cases, patients may experience complications that extend the healing time to one or two weeks. If you continue to expeience any discomfort or if there is still swelling several days after your treatment, please let us know and we can check that everything is fine.