Why would I need an endodontic procedure?


Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.



Can all teeth be treated endodontically?

Most teeth can be treated. Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored.


Our root treatment

Rotary Endodontics

In our practice, we use a new type of file to perform rotary endodontics. They are made with MaxWire alloy, like the which offers increased flexibility and fatigue resistance compared to conventional nickel titanium files. They also adapt to the shape of the root canal, reducing the risk of file fracture.

Hand instrumentation

In our clinic, most endodontic procedures are performed using rotary instruments, however there are times where the need for manual hand instrumentation is indicated. This includes very narrow canals, very wide canals, and simple root canal treatments such as incisor teeth. 

Bioceramic Filler

Once shaping is completed, we fill the root canals using the latest in materials - a bioceramic filler. This is now considered the leading method of filling the canal, combined with a conventional gutta percha point.

Rubber Dam

To provide root canal treatment safely, we use a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the rest of your mouth. 

There are some cases where it would be better for you to have your endodontic treatment provided by a specialist, in some cases this will be funded by the NHS. In order to be eligible for NHS funding, the following are required:

  • Good oral health

  • otherwise healthy dentition

  • Good attendance record

  • An x-ray needs to be taken of all teeth requested for treatment

  • The tooth must be able to be adequately restored after treatment and be functional.


If you do not meet the criteria above, you can still elect to have your root treatment done privately with a specialist endodontist. The closest specialist endodontist is in Southsea, there is currently no specialist on the Island.



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