Root Canal Treatment and the Endox System


What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is needed when the nerve & blood supply of the tooth (the ‘dental pulp’) is infected through decay or damage to the tooth.

Diagram of healthy molar tooth






A healthy molar tooth with two roots.





If untreated, an infected dental pulp can be very painful and will eventually lead to a dental abscess.

diagram of tooth with dental abscess





Infected Molar Tooth with an Abscess







What does treatment involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection and dead/damaged pulp from the root canals and then to fill and permanently seal the canals. It is a skilled and time consuming procedure.
diagram of root canal treated tooth



Completed root treatment showing the ‘gutta-percha’ filling material sealing the two canals.







Is it painful?


The Wand at Simon Smyth Dentistry
No. Most patients who need root canal treatment are suffering pain beforehand and having the treatment relieves the pain.

We also use The Wand to comfortably anaesthetise the tooth before treatment. In addition, we have the Endox system, which can give immediate pain relief to even abscessed teeth.

Our ENDOX system

For a root canal treatment to be successful, all the infection must be removed. With conventional treatment, this would often mean many visits to have the tooth cleaned out with chlorine, bleach or other chemicals.


Endox rot canal sterilaisation sytem at Simon Smyth Dentistry

We use the ENDOX bacterial elimination system to sterilise root canals without having to use bleach or chlorine.

This means we can often complete the procedure in a single appointment.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, root treated teeth are sometimes weaker and it is usually advisable to restore and strengthen the tooth with a full crown. By using our CEREC system we can often complete the whole treatment, root canal and new crown, in just one visit.

We receive many referrals form other practices in and around Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Fareham for root canal treatments. Although Dr Smyth is not a specialist in endodontics, he has many years experience in treating even the most difficult cases. With our experience and investment in superior technology such as the Endox system, Digital X-rays,
CEREC and CT Scanner we can usually manage to save teeth where they would have otherwise been taken out.

If you would like a second opinion on a possible root canal treatment
contact us or call on 01489 894496 and come for a free consultation.


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