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How can we treat your tooth infection?


Root Canal Treatments from Billericay’s leading dental practice

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure used to treat infections in the root canal system in the centre of your tooth.

If you’ve ever had a tooth infection, you’ll know how incredibly painful they can be. Problems in the root canal can make everyday things unbearable. Pain when biting or chewing, swelling gums and cheeks, unable to eat or drink anything too hot or too cold – it is certainly not an enjoyable experience.


If you’re experiencing toothache, it’s possible it might be caused by an infection. Antibiotics aren’t effective in root canal infections and leaving an infected tooth in your mouth untreated can make the pain much worse.


Our qualified and patient-focused dentists are the experts in treating these infections and getting you back to feeling like yourself again. We can do this by removing the germs causing the infection either through a root canal procedure or an extraction.


At Billericay Dental Care:


• we will always try to save your natural tooth rather than extract,

• we’ll work to make your treatment as calm and comfortable as possible, and

• you’ll be well taken care of by our specialist team of fully-trained-and-qualified dentists and dental assistants.


Need to talk to a professional about your toothache or having a root canal procedure? 

Please call us on 01277 62 54 56 or email us at to book your consultation with one of our dentists today.

For Nervous Patients

How do root canal treatments work?

To remove the infection, we have to remove the germs that are causing it. The soft tissue right in the middle of your tooth, known as the pulp, is where these germs hide and where your toothache come sfrom. What we do is remove the infected pulp and any swelling you may have. Then, we thoroughly clean and enlarge the root canal so it can be easily filled. This can sometimes take a few visits to complete. Don’t worry though, we’ll give you a temporary filling to seal the tooth in between each appointment. When the work is finished, you’ll come back to us to have your temporary filling removed and have the special root canal filling put in instead. We’ll seal this off with a normal filling to seal your tooth and prevent future infections. If necessary, we may also give you a crown to cover the tooth after the procedure to make it stronger.

Will it be painful?

For your root canal treatment, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. You should not feel any pain at all. Your restored tooth may be sensitive for a few days after your final treatment but it won’t be too painful. We recommend over-the-counter painkillers to relieve any discomfort and, if you need to, you can always come back to us for a check-up if swelling persists.

How successful is this procedure?

Root canal treatments have a success rate of up to 90% in general when carried out by a qualified and experienced professional with root-treated teeth lasting for more than 10 years. When paired with good oral hygiene, the success rate may be even higher. Giving up smoking if you smoke and cutting down your sugar consumption also helps to prevent the need for further root canal treatment. If an infection returns, the treatment can be repeated.

What causes root canal infections?

Root canal infections are not rare and they can be easily caused by a variety of causes including: • deep decay • repeated dental procedures on the tooth • a crack or chip in the tooth • leaky fillings If you have any of the above and are at high risk of a root canal infection, it’s important to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.

How long does root canal treatment take?

This can depend on the condition and type of tooth involved. For example, your incisors and canines only have one root per tooth, whereas molars usually have around three. Depending on the number of root canals infected and the condition of your tooth overall, your procedure could take between 20 and 75 minutes per appointment. You will usually have a minimum of two appointments with us; one to remove the infection, and another to seal the tooth. If you want to talk to your Billericay Dental Care team about having root canal treatment, please call us on 01277 62 54 56 or email us at