Root Canal Treatment

Relieve pain from an infected tooth in Watford

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is necessary when an infection forms inside the tooth. This process is used where otherwise a tooth may need to be removed.

The root canal contains dental pulp and is found from the top of your tooth all the way down to the root. You will need root canal treatment if the pulp has been damaged by infection. Your dentist will only know this for sure, by conducting x-rays.

When do you need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is given to patients from Bushey, Watford, Moor Park, Chandler’s Cross, Rickmansworth, and throughout Hertfordshire if they have suffered a trauma to a tooth or if they have tooth decay.

You may notice pain when chewing or when eating or drinking hot and cold food and drinks. It’s important to see a dentist at this stage before the infection can spread.

If the infection spreads, you may notice that the pain has subsided, but other symptoms can occur including swelling around the tooth or gum, pus from the tooth or the tooth getting darker.

The pulp cannot heal itself, so it’s important that you contact us at Dunstable Dental Practice if you experience any pain or symptoms shown above.

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How does root canal treatment in Dunstable work?

Treatment for root canal involves several steps and usually means that you must return to the dental surgery in Dunstable for a series of appointments.

Identify and diagnose the infection

Your dentist will inspect your mouth, teeth and gums and will usually need an x-ray of your tooth to identify whether you need root canal treatment.

Local anaesthetic

You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area of mouth that contains the infected tooth.

Removal of infected pulp

Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will gently drill your tooth to create an opening.

He or she will then remove the pulp using special dental equipment.

Cleaning of the root canals

Your dentist will then clean the canals using a special liquid which prevents the infection returning.

The dentist will then seal your tooth.

Temporary filling

You’ll be given a temporary filling to close the opening made at the start of the procedure.

You may also be given antibiotics to halt the spread of infection.

Follow up

You may need to take paracetamol to manage the pain and reduce the swelling as the local anaesthetic wears off.

You will need to see your dentist again to ensure that your infection has gone.

Your dentist will take more x-rays to ensure that this is the case and will replace your temporary filling with a permanent filling or a crown.

Benefits of root canal treatment in Watford

Root canal treatment is not a treatment that most patients from Watford, Moor Park, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Chandler’s Cross and Hertfordshire want to go through, but the benefits of having root canal treatment mean:


  • Avoiding the alternative option which is have the tooth removed which leaves a gap in your mouth and is more costly and complex to replace
  • Root canal treatment relieves the pain and infection from your tooth
  • The process for root canal is not painful as you are given a local anaesthetic
  • You can return to work and your usual routines within a day or two

FAQ's for Root Canal Treatment

Will my affected tooth be the same after root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a restorative treatment. You should see no difference in the tooth after treatment and if you maintain a good oral hygiene, there’s no reason why your affected tooth cannot last a lifetime.

What should I not do after root canal treatment?

You should avoid biting or chewing down hard for a while on the affected tooth. Immediately after root canal treatment you should avoid hot and cold foods. You should not smoke as this interferes with the healing process.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Many patients worry about the pain involved in root canal treatment. The reality is that you will be experiencing far more pain from the infection. The pain for the treatment is about the same as a filling. You will be given a local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure itself. You may experience soreness and tenderness to the gums after the procedure, but this is manageable with paracetamol. You should be back to your usual routines within a day or two.

Our Reviews

Iqbal J.
Heena and Adriana were absolutely fantastico during treatment of my tooth
Julia S.
Been attending for years - lovely staff - brilliant treatment - and especially good at treating my nervousness - well recommended!!
Sal Z.
Very pleased with the service I received. Dr Hussain was very helpful and patient with me as I worry alot. Also Elaine was very kind and got me an urgent appointment which was just what l needed.
Carole N.
Very friendly staff Heena & Anais & Adnene.
Paul B.
My dentist Heena and her dental nurse Adriana always give me a professional experience and are pleasant and friendly. I’ve been seeing Heena for a fair number of years now and always feel comfortable and at ease . I’m not a fan of the hygienist cleaning due to sensitivity but let Heena do it and honestly it was quick and without drama. Would recommend her and her work
Ziaur R.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lynne at reception, who was very nice and polite when booking the appointment over the phone. She is very patience and calm to understand both the patients and dentists availability to accommodate. It's a great customer service I experienced and would like to wish her all the very best! Great Job Ms. Lynne! All the very best for your future endeavours!
I hate the dentist. I'm a very nervous patient. But the staff at Dunstable Dental Practice are so lovely it makes it a bearable experience! Reception staff are lovely, friendly & efficient. The Dentists are reassuring and professional as well as friendly.Thoroughly recommend
I went to Dental Practice Dunstable for a check up and needed two fillings. Dr Heena was very kind and gave me an emergency appointment after I've told her that I work in school and the only time I can take an appointment is in holidays.Dr Heena and Adriana were very friendly and talked to me all the time during my procedure.
Katie H.
Embarrassed to admit I don’t know the name of the hygienist I saw today and it’s not on my appointment email reminder, but she was lovely, really professional. I had the scale & polish with a different hygienist a few years ago before teeth whitening & I was honestly dreading going in today but it wasn’t an ordeal at all. She was really helpful & I will definitely not be worried about my next appointment, thanks so much
Richard D.
Excellent and friendly service by the dentist and the reception staff
Christina I.
I have been coming to this Dentist for many years , at the weekend I got a chip in my back tooth , so called on Monday and got an appointment straight away , had it checked and X-rays and booked in again next day to see what treatment needed , lucky for me only a small chip so was able to have a filling . I was so pleased Mr Bukhari and the dental nurse was so calming and made me at ease very quickly as I was very anxious about my tooth and what would happen , the staff friendly and welcoming Great Dentist see you again soon Thank you
Graham R.
I had an appointment with Heena and Anaïs to have a severely broken tooth extracted. I was very wary that this may not be able to be done at the surgery. Heena assured me that she would be able to complete this procedure. Heena managed to get all of the tooth out (in 2 or 3 pieces) successfully and without any excess pain. All throughout I was asked if I was ok and not feeling pain or uncomfort.I would like to recommend this dental surgery and especially Heena and her assistant for a very professional approach.Thank you. You are Great 👍
Lorna F.
Had a few bits of work done today. Was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Had a full explanation of what was happening every step, and was always asked if I was okay. Fantastic service from Heena and Anais.Thanks ladies
Michelle J.
I’ve always gone to Dunstable Dental Practice and have always found all the staff here very nice , reception staff will always try their best to accommodate you . Have seen a few dentists over many years and have to say all have been really good . My mum own parents have been going there since 1970’s and also think it’s a great practice . My mum is a nervous patient and the dentist is great with her . Absolutely great practice and would highly recommend.
sheila W.
I'm a very scared patient always to the point I'm sick and shakes my dentist Mrs bhunva is the best one so far she's so kind and caring and puts me at ease all the time the staff are loveky to I would defiantly recommend dunstable dental practice I have 100 per cent trust and faith in my dentist she's the best 👌
Bryan I.
Our dentist and hygienist are friendly, considerate and always willing to give advice. They make a visit to the dentist a pleasant experience. We continue to stick with Dunstable Dental Practice even though we’ve moved away from the area.
Jose Luis S.
Amazing dental practice starting from the ladies at the reception who really make you feel welcomed and then every other member of the staff like dental assistants who are very friendly and professional.I have to specially mention Adam who has been amazing from the first day, very professional and very reassuring. Considering that my level of anxiety while at the dentist is very high, every member of the staff has offered reassurance and they always made me feel more calm.Absolutely everything and everyone in this place is outstanding!! As I am leaving the country soon, I wish I could take you all back to Spain with me.Thank you guys. You are amazing!
David F.
I've just had my 6 month check up with Poonam Tanna. My teeth are rubbish but Poonam Tanna makes you feel like a special human being. Always encouraging and friendly. Only see one problem? If she left.
Dawn M.
Had an appointment with the hygienist today. Wow, my teeth feel so clean and they look amazing. I have made another appointment for three months time. I am thrilled!!
jithu K.
Went in to get my cavities sorted out. Got my appointment through Dano, who was very helpful and considarate. Up on my visit, I was greeted and well welcomed by a pleasant and charming reception team. Moreover, the dentist Mrs Prem was very gentle and reassuring, making sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. I needed some drilling and fillings she did everything thoroughly while ensuring I was calm and comfortable during the whole procedure. In the end, she gave valuable insights on how to take care of dental health. It was really a good experience, I will recommend them to everyone
Allison O.
Poonam is great, explained my procedure in full and always puts you at ease, not a pleasure coming to the dentist but I am glad she is my dentist 😁 !!
Lee M.
Friendly, helpful and great service. Thanks very much.
Fran G.
I recently sadly had to have a tooth extracted after treatment was not successful. The practice was magnificent throughout. I always received a prompt, even same day, appointment and was treated with professionalism and kindness.
kamonporn G.
Excellent service . Very efficient.
John H.
I visited Dunstable dental today for my second part of a course of 4 fillings and 2 composite rebuilds.i cannot thank the dentist for his work awesome is an understatement made me feel a million dollars when I walked out with no chipped teeth anymore.i am a very nervous dental patient but will no longer worry so much thanks to this dentist ...kindest regards.see you in 3 months
Nuz F
Having struggled to find an emergency NHS dental appt I was seen by Dr Tanna several times over the past month. She has been amazing and was able to save my infected tooth.I highly recommend the practice and staff. Thank you once again!
Idris O.
Painless filling & professional handling
Sarah R.
Highly recommend this dentist, I’m a very nervous patient but Poonam & Adriana were fantastic. So kind and caring. Poonam always does a 5* treatment. Thank you so much ladies.
Milky Chu (.
Very good service provided.
Mary S.
Dental practice is amazing they always do their bestDaniel and Adriene were lovely
Alexandra I.
Kind and friendly staff!
michelle J.
Myself and my family have been clients of Mr Abbay Shah for over 20 years, always a great service and looked after well each visit. Todays visit was Abbay and Adriana and again all good, happy and polite visit. Will happily recommend them.
Dawn R.
Been registered here forever, never had an issue. Professionals all the way.
Dave T.
Very polite and friendly, giving lots of information and making you feel at ease, thabkyou Hussain & elaine
Imdad A.
This was my first time that I had to go to a dental, the staff was very helpful and friendly. It was my son’s dental check up and everything was great. Thank you so much
Jacek M.
Very happy with Hygienist
Kevinlaura P.
No problems well organised,welcoming staff,nice friendly helpful dentists(update) Had major issues with teeth, recently,and it was dealt with fantastically by Receptionists and also the dentist, sorted, issues out brilliantly, Kudos all round 👍☺️
sue H.
I’ve been visiting Danielle for over 25 years & she is an amazing dentist. With my very sensitive teeth she is so careful & I cannot praise her work & friendliness enough. Thank you so much
megan I.
Quick and easy. Lovely lady