Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes, damage or decay gets deep into the tooth and can affect the root.

If left unchecked, this could mean that the tooth either falls out or has to be removed by your dentist. Root canal treatment can ensure you can keep your tooth.


Purlys will take an x-ray of the tooth to check the shape of the root canals and to see whether there is any infection around the root. After putting you under local anaesthetic, your dentist will go through the top of your tooth into the pulp – that's the bit right in the middle of your tooth that holds the nerves and blood supply. We will then remove the dead bits of the pulp and check for any infection. If the infection has spread beyond the tooth, we may have to give you a temporary filling and some antibiotics until this clears up.


After the pulp has been removed, your tooth will be filled with a rubbery material and then a normal filling will be put on top.