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We use CustomerSure to check that our customers are happy - every time.Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissue from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. This is the innermost soft tissue of the tooth, and it can become infected or inflamed for a variety of reasons.

When this happens you might notice pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discolouration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth.

On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all, yet if pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated it can eventually cause the loss of the supporting bone. However, if you come in for regular dental examinations it’s unlikely that such a significant change in your mouth will go unnoticed.

The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves and extends from the crown to the tips of the root or roots. It can become infected or inflamed through deep decay or from an extensive dental restoration, a crack or fracture due to trauma, excessive wear of enamel and dentine leaving the pulp, or as a result of severe gum disease.

Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted and lost. Afterwards the tooth has no vital tissues within it, yet there are still vital tissues surrounding the root such as the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. This means a treated tooth can function normally and be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene.

The treatment procedure is relatively comfortable and often painless, as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. Afterwards the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

This discomfort can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or painkillers from over the counter at a pharmacy. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or swelling occurs, let your dentist know.

Benefits of root canal treatment

  • You save a tooth that might otherwise be lost through infection
  • It doesn’t hurt
  • Afterwards your tooth will feel the same as normal
  • By saving your tooth and stopping the spread of infection you’re protecting the rest of your teeth and gums and improving the chances of keeping all your natural teeth for life


Much like trying to figure out whether or not you need a filling, knowing if you need a root canal can be tricky – especially in the early stages. However, there are a few signs and symptoms you can keep an eye out for, including:
  • Persistent pain – this is one of the main indicators that there’s something wrong with the root of your tooth. If over-the-counter pain medicine isn’t making a difference and the pain persists, you may need a root canal.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth – when a tooth gets chipped or cracked, it can expose the roots beneath the surface and lead to an infection, which can enter into your bloodstream and spread. In this case, a root canal is required to prevent further infection and pain.
  • Tooth sensitivity – if your tooth aches when you drink hot tea or coffee or eat cold foods, this can be a sign that you need a root canal.
  • Swollen gums – typically, swollen gums mean something is going on underneath the surface. If your gums are painful, swollen, or have a raised bump, you should have them examined by a dentist immediately. A root canal might be what’s needed to rectify the issues you’re experiencing.
Suspect you need a root canal? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dentists here at Portmore Dental to book an examination today.
Thanks to the anaesthetic our dentists use before getting started, root canal treatments are relatively comfortable, and often painless! The affected area might be sensitive for a couple of days after treatment, but this is nothing some over-the-counter painkillers won’t be able to fix. We understand that coming to the dentist can be a daunting concept for some patients – especially for invasive treatments such as root canals. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a root canal in Surrey, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Call 01932 967 589 to chat with us directly, or email our reception team at [email protected] and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
Here at Portmore Dental, our root canal treatment in Surrey starts from £770. Many different factors can influence the exact cost of treatment – including the severity of your cavities and whether we’re treating an infection in your tooth that already has a root canal. The longer you put off getting a root canal and the worse your condition becomes, the more likely it will be that you’ll need more extensive treatment. What could’ve been an easy fix with a filling might now need a crown, or worse, need to be extracted – which will be an additional cost on top of your root canal treatment. Not sure how to pay for your root canal in Surrey? Check out our affordable payment plans. For treatments that cost between £350-£25,000, you’ll be able to spread the cost over monthly interest-free repayments – making our top-notch dental treatments accessible to just about everyone! If you have any questions or concerns about the cost of our services or how to spread the cost of your root canal treatment, you’re more than welcome to get in touch with our team. Give us a call today, or send us a message via our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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