Root Canal Therapy

If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by injury, root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is often the only way to save your tooth. Inside the enamel (hard outer shell of the tooth) there is a secondary protection layer called dentine. Inside the dentine is a specific area called the pulp or nerve chamber. The pulp chamber contains blood vessels and nerves to provide nutrients for the tooth.

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Root canal treatment is a means of saving a tooth that may be damaged by decay, fracture or infection. The purpose of the treatment is to restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to health, relieving both pain and infection, as opposed to total tooth removal. Most root canal treatments can be undertaken by a General Dentist but some are particularly complex. These are often referred to a dentist with a special interest in endodontics who employs techniques, equipment and skills that are able to improve the chances of success.


Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?

No. Usually, a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. There may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually subside over time.

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all of the infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve 2 or more visits to your Dentist, although a specialist may complete the procedure in 1 visit.

Why choose us?

  • Dr Bruno Costa has been providing complex endodontic treatment for over 15 years
  • State of the art specialised equipment including endodontic microscope
  • Competitively priced
  • Costs can be spread over 12 months with interest free Dental finance (subject to age and status, minimum spend applies)
  • Large modern practice with friendly experienced staff
  • Ample free parking

If you are unsure what treatment suits your needs then please get in touch and we would be happy to help you make the right decision.

Choose your local centre below and get your consultation arranged.


SDG – Portslade Village
39 High Street
Portslade Old Village
Portslade, East Sussex
BN41 2LH
SDG – West Hove
116 - 120 St Andrew's Road
Brighton, East Sussex
BN41 1DE
SDG – Crawley
Cnr of Broadfield Place & Coachmans Drive
Crawley, West Sussex
RH11 9YZ