Dentist Connor McConville examining dental patient at City Centre Dental Practice in Manchester

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Specialist root canal treatment in Manchester: wave goodbye to broken, infected and painful teeth!

At City Centre we are proud to be able to offer our patients specialist endodontic care in the heart of Manchester. Commonly known as a root canal treatment, endodontics involves saving a diseased tooth by removing the root pulp and replacing it with bio-grade rubber filling.

Endodontic treatment involves removing inflamed or infected dental pulp, before carefully cleaning and shaping the root canal. The space inside the canal is then filled and sealed. Following treatment with our specialist endodontist, you will return to your general dentist for a crown or permanent filling to protect the tooth and to restore it to full function.

Endodontic root canal procedure treatment diagram

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  • What does the procedure involve?

    At City Centre in Manchester, our specialist endodontic treatment is carried out in comfort and without pain. A local anaesthetic is used, so you will be awake during treatment and in complete control. Should there be any discomfort at any time, the cause would be immediately dealt with before continuing treatment.

    When the tooth is numb, it is then "isolated" with a small sheet of rubber called a dam, which is held in place by a small clip. This barrier stops water, debris, filling materials and disinfectants getting to the back of your mouth and throat. You can breathe, swallow and move your tongue normally throughout the whole procedure!

    Under an operating microscope, an opening is then made through the top of the tooth to find the root canals and any decay is also removed at this stage. When found, to remove the inflamed or infected pulp tissue within, the canals are carefully cleaned and shaped with very small instruments and disinfectant fluids. When the root canals have been cleaned and shaped, the space is then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha (a type of rubber) and a cement to ensure complete sealing. A temporary filling is then placed to seal the opening. This temporary filling will be removed by your dentist when the tooth is restored.

  • When is endodontic treatment necessary?

    Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth and becomes necessary when damage to the pulp becomes irreversible. This can occur if infection enters the tooth via decay, cracks, fractures and broken fillings. Infection may also gain access as a result of periodontal (‘gum’) disease or trauma; if this is left untreated, an abscess can develop. Symptoms and signs to look for include spontaneous pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, and tooth discolouration. Sometimes the nearby gum tissues may be swollen and tender. Occasionally, there are no symptoms. Luckily, with the specialist endodontic care available at City Centre, root canal relief in central Manchester is fast and pain-free.

For further information on our treatments, or to book a consultation, call us today on 0161 834 1643. Alternatively, you are very welcome to visit the practice in person any time during our opening hours.