If you’re struggling with tooth ache you may be suffering from an infected root canal. Root Canal Treatment will clear the infection and help you recover quickly.

The root of a tooth can become infected as a result of trauma, deteriorating fillings or tooth decay.

An infection often causes pain when eating, drinking, biting or chewing. If untreated the symptoms can worsen, resulting in increased pain, swollen gums and in extreme cases pus oozing from the infected root.

Root Canal Treatment is a specialist treatment to clear the infection and repair or remove the affected tooth, leaving you pain free and smiling once again.

Root canal treatment process

Step 1: Patient assessment

The need for Root Canal Treatment usually presents itself in the form of a patient with some level of discomfort. Once we’ve identified Root Canal Treatment as the appropriate course of treatment for you, you’ll be booked in as soon as possible.

Step 2: Root Canal Treatment

At the start of the treatment you’ll be offered a local anaesthetic to alleviate the pain associated with the treatment. The dentist will clear the infection from the root of the infected tooth and either repair or remove the affected tooth.

Step 3: Post treatment care

At the end of the appointment you’ll be advised on the most appropriate methods of pain relief and advice on how to care for the affected area. Our team will be on hand during opening hours to offer advice. Our answerphone message will advise you what to do out of hours and in an emergency.

Benefits of root canal treatment

  • Overcome the pain associated with infection
  • Prevents the infection of neighbouring root canals
  • The affected tooth can often be saved


Does Root Canal Treatment hurt?

No pain will be felt during your treatment because Root Canal Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will likely experience some discomfort in your gums. Our dentists may advise pain relief medication if it is suitable for you.

Will my tooth have to be removed?

There is a chance your tooth may need to be extracted, but where possible we aim to repair the tooth by filling the root canal and sealing the tooth with a crown or filling. You will be advised at your appointment what the most appropriate form of treatment will be.

What happens if a tooth is removed?

If a tooth has to be removed you can either leave the space to heal or fill the gap with a range of treatments, such as dental bridges and dental implants. See replacing missing teeth for more information.


“Only dentist I’ve ever used. Wouldn’t change unless we moved many, many miles away. Dentist is friendly and works to a high standard, as do the reception staff.”

Gordon Raybould – May 2019

Where are we?

We're on Ewell Road in Surbiton, Surrey. We're a short walk from Surbiton station and we're on the 406, 281, 418, 965 and K2 bus routes. Free parking is available behind our practice.

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Please email reception@stedhamhouse.com or call us on 020 8399 2376 to talk about how we can help.


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