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Saving your natural teeth from extraction

At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic, we do all we can to keep your natural teeth healthy and whole. If your tooth has become infected, root canal treatment provides a very effective way to prevent extraction and avoid the time and cost involved with replacement.

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Why do I need root canal treatment?

You may need root canal therapy because of a tooth trauma or crack. If bacteria and decay is left untreated, and not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can lead to an infection in the pulp and roots of the tooth. This causes inflammation and can be very painful and sensitive, especially when biting and chewing. Root canal treatment offers a chance to save the tooth by eliminating the infection.

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What does the treatment involve?

Root canal treatment can be quite lengthy, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of root canals needed to be treated. We take detailed x-rays to help identify the infection and plan your treatment. For optimal accuracy, we also use surgical microscopes.

The first step involves entering the tooth and removing the infected pulp tissues. We use local anaesthetic to minimise any pain, but because the nerve of the tooth is being treated you may feel some slight discomfort. We go at a slow pace, making sure you feel comfortable at every step.

We clean the root canals to flush out any remaining bacteria. The next stage involves shaping the canals with specialised instruments before filling them with a solid material to prevent any further infection.

If necessary, we can place a crown onto the tooth to rebuild it, giving a very natural looking finish. Some patients are concerned that root canal treatment will leave their tooth looking darker or discoloured, but we use tooth coloured fillings to avoid this issue.

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We take detailed x-rays to help identify the infection and plan your treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will treatment be painful?

    Many patients are worried about root canal treatment being painful, but it will likely not be as bad as you think. We use local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort and take time to ensure you are relaxed before beginning treatment. Here at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we can also offer IV sedation which is very popular with nervous patients. It makes the whole treatment relaxed and unmemorable whilst still enabling us to communicate with you.

  • How do I care for my treated tooth?

    Your tooth will function just like your natural teeth and should be taken care of in the same way. If you brush and floss twice a day, and make sure you attend regular check ups with your dentist, your tooth should remain issue free.

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