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Root Canal Treatment

What is it and why would you want it?

Root Canal Treatment (RCT, also called endodontics) is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:

Quite often it is the only alternative to removing a tooth and it can be provided for several different reasons, such as:

What is done during root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected tissue from inside the pulp of the tooth, cleaning, shaping and disinfecting the root canal(s) and then filling & sealing it/them with a special material.

Once the root treatment is complete, the tooth is then repaired with a filling or crown.

Will I need to be referred to a specialist?

Whether the treatment can be performed by your dentist or via referral to a specialist endodontist depends on a number of factors. Your dentist will assess the tooth prior to, and during treatment, and may suggest that a referral to a specialist is appropriate. The complexity of this treatment varies significantly between front and back teeth, with front teeth generally easier because:

Will it hurt?

The treatment is usually entirely painless, with local anaesthetic used at every stage of the procedure. Following treatment, the tooth may feel a little tender for a few days, but this can be normally controlled with the same medication that you might use for a headache. You will be advised of the need for medication at the end of the appointment.

What’s the success rate?

In around 9 out of 10 cases, a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after root canal treatment, but problems can recur and it may be necessary to re-treat the tooth, or provide alternative treatments to remove the residual infection if extraction is to be avoided.


“Invisalign – Light. Crooked front teeth that had started to become more noticeable. This, in turn, started to affect my confidence.

The experience at Beaufort Park was excellent throughout. The staff, from the initial consultation, were friendly and professional. The welcoming reception staff through to the excellent dentist (Russell Gidney) have made this an (almost!) pleasurable experience!

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Quintin Bell

“I hated my smile in photos, I looked as though I only had about 4 teeth! 🙁

Treatments have all been explained, the team have been great & I have started to notice my teeth changing & looking good – despite not even being half way through my treatment (Invisalign Aligner 11/23). I am so happy with the progress.

Thank you! 🙂

Super, I would recommend to anyone considering treatment.

Rachel C

“After years of being unhappy with my crooked teeth and avoiding photographers if at all possible.

I decided to seek corrective treatment at the grand old age of 55 in order to be able to smile at my daughters up coming wedding. After a chat with the Beaufort Dental practice I decided on a course of CFast treatment. In a few short months I was thrilled with the result. Straight teeth which were so much easier to care for and which looked 100 per cent more attractive

The cost was manageable too and I paid at intervals during the treatment. I wish I’d done it years ago.


“I did not like my teeth so didn’t smile.

Invisalign – absolutely brilliant! Very professional team, extremely happy with the results!”

Lisa G

“Even though my oral hygiene has always been excellent I have for many years hated my teeth which were discoloured + the crowns rather mismatched.

Dr Russell Gidney was the first dentist I had confidence in to correct my problems. He showed great empathy, kindness + professional skill. He made me feel completely at ease.

His dental nurses + admin staff are all lovely. The outcome is better than I expected, I now have a lovely smile!”

Pamela C

“I recently had cosmetic work on my teeth carried out by Russell at the surgery. he explained everything in detail and I am overjoyed with the results. The difference it has made is amazing and I thoroughly recommend them. The staff are very helpful too!”

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