Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This list of FAQs covers the questions I get asked most frequently by patients at my consultation clinics. Hopefully you will find the answer here to anything that may be concerning you about root canal treatment.
First and foremost it is not painful. The procedure stops existing pain and/or prevents the development of pain in the future.

If you have any concerns that are not addressed here, please call me on 07570 578353, or email me at and I will answer your individual questions. I believe in providing tailored treatment for all my patients and will keep you fully informed every step of the way.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure in which the inflamed or infected soft tissue inside the tooth is removed. The space is then disinfected and sealed permanently to prevent bacteria getting in.

Why do I need a root canal treatment?

Your tooth requires root canal treatment because it is inflamed or infected and will not get better if it is left alone. You may get considerable pain, discomfort or swelling (an abscess) if you leave the tooth untreated.

Root canal treatment will eliminate these symptoms and save your tooth, before it gets to the stage where it is so damaged it has to be extracted.

Why have I been referred?

Your dentist can carry out routine root canal procedures perfectly. However, some teeth require extremely complex treatment. This may be because the roots are particularly curved, the root canals are very narrow or blocked, or it is difficult to access the tooth.

Because I concentrate entirely on root canal treatment (endodontics), I see and treat these types of difficult teeth every day. I use modern instruments such as an operating microscope and tiny, micro instruments to literally get to ‘the root of the problem’ and make sure your tooth is saved.

Please remember that nothing, not even the best bridge or dental implant, can ever truly replace your own natural tooth.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment is not painful. The procedure stops the existing pain and/or prevents the development of pain in the future.

Most of my patients report no discomfort during the procedure. In fact, many fall asleep during the treatment. You may experience some post-operative discomfort, which can be easily alleviated by taking painkillers.

I will give you my personal phone number, so if you have any problems, you can contact me for further advice.

I am a nervous patient. I have dental phobia. How can I have root canal treatment?

Don’t worry at all. You can get your treatment carried out under sedation. For more information, please call me on 07570 578353.

(N.B. Sedation will be provided by a specialist anaesthetist or qualified dental sedationist).

How long is a root canal appointment?

This depends on the complexity of your treatment, which will be carefully tailored for you and your needs. Following the initial consultation, a two hour appointment will usually be made. However, this does vary between individual cases.

How successful is root canal treatment?

The success of root canal treatment is well over 90%.*

(*N.B. This is for teeth which are treated for the first time and have no signs of apical periodontitis).

How long will the root canal treated tooth last?

With adequate restoration and good after-care, root canal treated teeth should last for many, many years.

Do you offer evening, or weekend appointments?

Yes. I can arrange an appointment at a time and location that best suits you.

Can I request a home visit?

Of course. I can provide home visits for general consultations and review appointments. However, for x-rays (radiographic assessment) you will need to visit a practice.

Do you provide holistic therapy?

Yes. I carefully tailor all treatment for you as an individual, so I can easily arrange for holistic/alternative care.

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