Root treatments are now a pain free procedure and are considered as routine at East Leigh Dental Care – we will do everything we can rather than extract a tooth.

Mike prides himself on producing excellent results from root canal fillings. His 10 year survival rate for root filled teeth is way above the national average. Mike routinely fills teeth for patients referred by other dentists.


The Procedure

  • The tooth has a hollow centre and hollow roots.
  • These are called the pulp chamber and root canals respectively.
  • The tooth is anaesthetised and fitted with a thin rubber sheet (known as a dam) in order to isolate it. This acts as a barrier to avoid contamination of the roots by the saliva. A rubber dam also aids patient comfort and people often fall asleep during treatment.
  • The pulp chamber is opened up and cleaned.
  • The root canals are then prepared and disinfected.
  • Once the root canals have been filed to the correct diameter they are filled with a biocompatible resin and a rubber compound called gutta percha.
  • The tooth is then permanently restored.
  • In order to strengthen the tooth further, root treated teeth are often crowned. We would discuss this with you at your appointment if it were necessary.