Root Canal Treatment

Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire.

Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

Inside every tooth is an area called the pulp which contains blood vessels and nerves. If your tooth is damaged, bacteria can get into this area and damage the pulp causing you toothache. Sometimes, the bacteria and debris causes infection within the pulp. This infection can spread to the apex of your tooth, forming a pus filled sac known as an abscess. This could cause you to develop a facial swelling.

To alleviate your symptoms a root canal treatment can be performed, removing the damaged pulp and stabilizing your tooth.

How will I know if I need a root canal?

Your dentist is the only person who can accurately assess whether you need a root canal procedure.  However, the following symptoms may indicate the need for a root canal:

Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
Prolonged sensitivity/pain to hot or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
Severe pain upon chewing or application of pressure
Prolonged sensitivity/pain to hot or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)

Root canal treatments are performed under local anesthetic so you will not feel anything during the procedure. Like any treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort afterwards, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief and will subside within a week to two.

What are my alternative options?

Root canal treatment is used to save your tooth, allowing you to keep your natural healthy, smile. As infection will not heal on its own, your alternative option is to have a tooth extraction.

Surgical Extraction
Tooth Extraction

Why choose us?

Root canal treatments hold a special interest to us. We have the knowledge, equipment and experience required to perform root canal treatments and re-treatments that some dentists are reluctant to provide. We have been accepting referrals since 2013.