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Endodontics - Dental Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors


Endodontics is a dental speciality relating to root canal procedures, treating cracked teeth, surgery on the teeth and gums and the healing of dental trauma. The most common procedure performed by endodontic specialists is the root canal filling which removes the tooth pulp and destroys the nerve of the tooth. Root canal treatment is carried out when the pulp of the tooth becomes diseased or injured causing pain to be transmitted through the tooth nerve.

Endodontic Dental Negligence Solicitors

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with endodontic dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. For children or those on a low income it may also be possible to obtain Legal Aid which always concentrates dental negligence insurers minds on settlement. To talk to a specialist lawyer about a dentist or a dental problem including endodontcs just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we'll arrange a call-back at a convenient time.

Endodontic Procedure

Local aesthetic is given before the root canal procedure and the tooth is effectively numbed, so that the procedure is relatively painless in most cases. Pain medication can be used after the procedure to control any discomfort in the day or two following the procedure. Antibiotics are may be used to control infection. Pus can be drained out at the time of the root canal treatment to further reduce infection. Sometimes the tooth is left 'open' for a time in order to let the pus drain from the tooth root before filling the root canal and beginning the crown procedure.


If there is infection in and around the tooth, root canal treatment removes that section of pulp that is infected or otherwise damaged. Small files, probes and irrigating solutions are then used to clean out the pulp and to remove the vestiges of the nerve. The cavities that remain are replaced with fillers and cement so the tooth remains stable. The tooth will be dead after the root canal treatment is complete due to removal of the nerve but it will still be functional.


If the viability of a tooth is threatened, an endodontic specialist may carry out a pulpectomy, or removal of the pulp of the tooth in a root canal treatment. The nerve is also drilled completely out of the root canal and the opening is sealed up. The tooth may then be fitted with a crown.

Gutta Percha

The filling of the cleaned-out nerve canal through the tooth is usually carried out using a substance called 'gutta-percha' which is non-elastic latex from the percha tree. It fills the root canal and then a cement and sealer are applied. Gutta-percha shows up on x-ray so the dentist can determine whether or not a root canal has been carried out properly or has been carried out in the past.


Paraformaldehyde is sometimes used in the place of gutta-percha. It forms formaldehyde in the root canal, which helps sterilize the canal, keeping bacteria away. The formaldehyde gradually breaks down to benign products and many endodontists believe that the paraformaldehyde technique is superior to the gutta-percha technique because of its anti-bacterial properties. Should the paraformaldehyde reach the bone, it is transformed into something that is harmless to the body, causing no significant level of formaldehyde in the blood.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here