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Root Canal Treatment is a routine dental procedure. (RCT)

RCT is needed when the nerve of a tooth is damaged.  This can happen because of decay, infection or injury and may lead to a dental abscess.

If RCT is not carried out the infection could spread and the tooth could be lost.

Treatment usually involves  local anaesthetic and will feel no different to having an ordinary filling, although it will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment the dentist cleans out the root canal (the space in the centre of the tooth) and shapes it in preparation for the filling.  The dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth and then leave it to settle down.

At the next appointment the dentist will check whether the infection has cleared and may clean the canals again if there is any infection remaining.

When the infection has completely cleared the dentist will replace with a permanent filling.

You may need to have the tooth restored with a crown to give it extra strength and support.

There may be some tenderness in the area afterwards and this will usually subside within 7 to 10 days.

Root treated teeth should be looked after in exactly the same way as other teeth.

Ask your dentist to explain your options fully, before deciding upon the right treatment for yourself.  You need to understand the pro’s and con’s.

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care we provide you with all of the treatment options and give you a full written estimate for the cost.

Contact us on 0115 9602717 if you would like further information.

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