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Root Canal Treatments in Edinburgh

Root canal treatment is normally not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely. The infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal) is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth.

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The Treatment

Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)

Root canal treatment is normally not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely.

The infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal) is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth.

This can happen after:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Leaky Fillings
  • Damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall

When is Root Canal Needed?

Root canal treatment is required when dental X-rays show that the pulp has been damaged by a bacterial infection or trauma.

The pulp will begin to die if it’s infected by bacteria, allowing the bacteria to then multiply and spread.

The symptoms of a pulp infection include:

  • pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drink
  • pain when biting or chewing
  • a loose tooth
  • As the infection progresses, these symptoms often disappear as the pulp dies
  • Your tooth then appears to have healed, but the infection has in fact spread through the root canal system.

You eventually get further symptoms such as:

  • pain when biting or chewing returning
  • swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • pus oozing from the affected tooth
  • facial swelling
  • the tooth becoming a darker colour
  • It’s important to see your dentist if you develop toothache. If your tooth is infected, the pulp cannot heal by itself.

Leaving the infected tooth in your mouth may make it worse.

There may also be less chance of the root canal treatment working if the infection within your tooth becomes established.

Antibiotics, a medicine to treat bacterial infections, are not effective alone in treating root canal infections.

What to Expect

Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. An opening will be made through your tooth to access the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth (pulp). The infected pulp is removed, and series of small files are used to shape the canal so they can be filled. This part of the treatment does take some time and may need to be carried out over a number of visits. A small amount of medicine is placed in between visits to kill any remaining bacteria.

At the next visit, the temporary filling and medicine within the tooth is removed and the root canal filling can be inserted. This, along with a filling, seals the tooth and prevents reinfection. Root-filled teeth are more likely to break than healthy unrestored teeth, so your dentist may suggest placing a crown on the tooth to protect it. In some cases a root-filled tooth may darken, particularly if it’s died as a result of injury like a knock to the tooth. There are several ways your dentist can treat discolouration, such as whitening the tooth.

Root canal treatment is usually successful at saving the tooth and clearing the infection. Around 9 out of 10 root-treated teeth survive for many years. Having a crown fitted to the tooth after root canal treatment is important for improving tooth survival rates. If you keep your teeth clean, your treated tooth should survive for a long time.

The survival of your tooth depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How much of the natural tooth remains
  • How well you keep your teeth clean
  • The biting forces on the tooth

But if an infection does return, the root canal treatment can be repeated. Or if treatment has already been carried out to a high standard and the infection remains, a small operation to remove the root tip (an apicoectomy) may be carried out to treat the infection.

Your Trusted Dental Practice

Why Choose Us for Root Canal Treatment?

Experienced Dentist (38+yrs)

Dr. Paul Au

  • Dental degree from University of Edinburgh in 1984
  • Master of Science degree from University of Edinburgh in 1990
  • Registrar of College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (1994)

Expertise & Personalised Care

Our skilled team at Essential Dental Care consists of experienced dental professionals specialising in root canal treatments, ensuring you receive expert care.

Proven Results

Our track record of successful root canal cases speaks for itself. Witness the transformative power of our treatments through before-and-after results, showcasing the remarkable improvements we bring to smiles.

First Class Aftercare

Aftercare needed after dental appointments is usually free of charge.

Wherever possible we will provide complimentary advice and consultations via email and phone if needed.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
Herman Komashko
Herman Komashko
2023-11-16
My fear of dentists is gone, thanks the team at Essential Dental Care. So caring, so considerate, so professional. I had a hygienist service and two fillings. I have never had such wonderful experience sitting in a dentist chair. I was recommend this place by a friend, and I am forever grateful. There is a group of us now, who all go here 🙂 Thank you all and you sure have me as your regular customer for years to come.
Dorcas Shepherd
Dorcas Shepherd
2023-11-07
My husband and I would not go anywhere else, Dr Paul is the most experienced dentist that we have had and explains everything to you. My husband is in the middle of getting implants and he was a bit apprehensive at first but Paul was very patient and explained everything that is going happen and reassured him. It is a long process but will be worth the wait. Also the staff could not be more helpful and very friendly too. Would recommend this practice to anyone.💓
Belinda Neilson
Belinda Neilson
2022-09-29
Great dentist
Jerry Chan
Jerry Chan
2022-06-30
由於家母牙齒出問題,規勸良久才肯就醫,幾經波折,在愛丁堡找到這家可以全程以廣東話溝通的牙科診所,診所職員 Carman了解後,認為情況緊急,特意安排了快期,隔天便能就診。牙醫 Paul 診症細心,並教導了日常的護理方法及開药,回家後一兩天病情已告好轉,值得推薦。
Michelle Leung (Micmic)
Michelle Leung (Micmic)
2022-06-23
Paul is kind and patient to explain the treatment.
Eric Mackay
Eric Mackay
2022-05-23
First thing to say is that Paul does very high quality work. He pays attention to detail, spots trouble before it happens, and is very quick to find an appointment time if you do have pain, and sorts it out effectively every time. Secondly, he is very gentle; he’ll tell you when he’s about to numb you up, but to be honest, that’s about the last you’re aware of it. He checks with you that you’re ok, and is careful to make sure your mouth isn’t open wide any longer than it needs to be. Thirdly, he and Michelle run a very effective and friendly practice; they made every effort to keep open as much as possible during lockdown whilst giving every confidence that they were doing all they could to keep their patients safe. And they still do. I can’t commend them highly enough nor thank them warmly enough for all their care and attention.
Steve Kington
Steve Kington
2022-05-18
Cannot fault the team at Essential dental. They are always seem to run on time and put me at ease throughout. Dr Au just gets on with it. Would recommend to anyone.
Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith
2022-04-22
I have had an extremely positive experience at Essential Dental Care. While a bit pricey (as with any private dentist), Dr Paul has always been very patient and happy to answer any questions I've had about my treatment. I also have to say that this is the first dental practice I asked about a partial denture who did not immediately try to upsell me to a dental implant. While I do need to eventually get the implant, it can be very costly and Dr Paul understood that I really just needed a cosmetic solution in the interim. Highly recommended.
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