Root Canal Treatments . A comfortable treatment to save a tooth that has a large infection

The guide:

Many people are scared by the term Root Canal but in actual fact there is nothing to be worried about!

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment is done when an infection develops within the root of your tooth potentially leading to an abcess. A root canal removes the nerve of the tooth that has been infected and kills the bacteria that have caused the infection. After this has been done the canal is sealed with a special material that fills the space where the nerve used to be.

How is the nerve removed?

We use small thin files to remove the nerve. We also used the most advanced rotary instruments which are attached to a dental drill. These rotary instruments make the process much quicker and more effective because they create a smooth shape on the inside of your root that is easier to fill and seal.

How long does it take?

Different teeth have more nerves than others. The back molar teeth have several nerves whereas the teeth at the front of the mouth normally only have one or two at most. Therefore the time taken will depend on the number of nerves that need to be removed. A front tooth can take as little as 20-30minutes whereas a back tooth can sometimes require about 2 hours.

Will it hurt?

Not at all. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and no treatment will be begin until you are fully numb.

Will I need a crown after a root canal treatment?

Because the nerve has been removed the blood supply to the tooth is lost. This means that the tooth is more brittle and more at risk of fracture. It is a bit like a leaf that falls off a tree. Over time the leaf becomes dry and starts to crack and crinkle. This was the main reason that crowns were placed over teeth after a root canal was done.

However due to advances in materials depending on how much tooth has been removed to gain access to the nerves a crown is not always necessary. We can even use a smaller crown or 'hat' for the tooth known as an onlay which can be both white or metal. An onlay is kinder to your tooth because not as much natural tooth needs to be removed to place an onlay although it still provides the same amount of protection as a crown.


We have been providing professional dental treatement to a very high standard for years. Here's what a few of our patients say about our service:

"I have been going to Alexandra Road Dental Practice for 15 years and couldn't think of a bad thing to say, from the second you walk in to the time you leave you feel safe and welcomed, the staff are fantastic and highly skilled in what they do, I would never go to another dentist after coming here." Valo Connors
"Very pleasant from seeing receptionist to dentist and back to receptionist. Treatment painless. Very pleased with all treatment, teeth look great!" Laraine Denise Burton

How much does it cost?

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Our friendly and knowledgeable team, led by our Practice Manager, Sian Denning, are always happy to help with any queries. Rest assured that your enquiry will be treated as strictly confidential and we'll never pressure you into making an appointment.

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14 Alexandra Road, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4HD

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