Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatments, or endodontics, are a means of treating an infected tooth to save it when it may otherwise need to be removed. The treatment is required when the centre of a tooth becomes infected, most often from bacteria that live in tooth decay.

Do I need a root canal?

There are several symptoms to look for, which can signal a root canal's need, many of which appear without visual signs such as cracks or chips to the tooth. For any of the following issues in your teeth and gums, we recommend you get in touch with your dentist. We'll book you in and get the issue addressed in no time; our top priority is always making sure your dental health is the best it can be.

  • Dark coloured gums.
  • Pain when chewing or biting.
  • Spots or pimples on the gums.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth, or damage from any other trauma.
  • Lasting sensitivity to temperatures (which stays in the tooth after the hot or cold has been removed).
  • Swollen or tender gums.

How does a root canal treatment save an infected tooth?

A root canal aims to remove any infected or inflamed pulp, which is the soft tissue found inside a tooth. The dentist will carefully clean and shape the root canal inside before filling and sealing to prevent further infection.

These treatments may often be followed by fitting a crown or filling to protect the tooth in the future, but now the infection-free tooth will continue to function like any other.

Are root canals painful?

We understand that many patients may be afraid to have treatments such as root canals as they think it'll be a painful process. However, at Cardonald Smiles, we do everything possible to ensure a comfortable visit with us no matter what treatment you receive. Most patients report no pain during the procedure for root canals, thanks to the fantastic modern techniques and anaesthetics used. 

The treatment is to relieve patients of toothache and is followed by only slight discomfort and sensitivity following the procedure, which can be reduced by over-the-counter painkillers. If you are worried, concerned or have any questions regarding the treatment, get in touch. One of our friendly dentists will be happy to talk you through anything you wish to know.