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  • Westbourne Grove Dental,
    18 Chepstow Corner,
    Pembridge Villas,
    W2 4XE

Root Canal Treatment

When the inside of a tooth becomes infected, causing problems with the dental nerve or pulp, root canal therapy is the required treatment.

Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy cleans out the inside of an infected tooth and removes the infection. It is a delicate and highly skilled procedure which our dental team at Westbourne Grove Dental can perform to resolve a patient’s difficulty. It is important to treat a dental nerve infection as soon as possible to avoid further complications such as the development of an abscess, discolouration of the tooth and so on.


The aim of root canal treatment is to clean out the infection from the dental pulp or nerve. Local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to treatment. Initially, the dentist will need to remove the top section of the affected tooth to access the internal structure. They will then use a series of fine dental files to remove the infection. Once this has been done, the canal and the interior of the tooth will be disinfected with a special solution. If an abscess has developed this will also be drained and disinfected.

The final stage will be to fill the tooth and cover the exposed area. This is commonly done by using a crown to add extra support.

It may take two or three appointments to resolve the issue completely. We will do all we can to make the process as comfortable as possible.

Questions & Answers

Will this treatment hurt? We will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area and minimise any discomfort you may experience during treatment. There may be some soreness following the procedure but this will pass relatively quickly.

What happens if I don’t have root canal treatment? Ultimately your tooth could die due to the infection in the nerve and become discoloured. It may then need to be extracted.

To book your appointment, please click here or call 020 7229 1730 for more information.

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