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Root Canal - Dental Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors


Treatment involving the root canal of a tooth has many myths and misconceptions. Most people believe it is a painful dental procedure. In most cases, however, this is not the case and a root canal procedure is usually painless and can save your tooth from infection and from being extracted. If root canal treatment is carried out properly, it should keep the tooth functional for many years to come.

Root Canal Dental Negligence

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of clinical negligence experts and deal with root canal dental negligence claims using the no win no fee* scheme. You will not be asked to fund or finance the dental negligence claim as it proceeds. 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 root canal dental problem just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email us and we’ll arrange a call-back at a convenient time.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal work involves having the dentist or endodontist work on the interior part of the tooth, also known as the tooth 'pulp'. The pulp tissue of the tooth contains the arteries, veins, lymph vessels, connective tissue and nerve fibres. When root canal work is being carried out, the dentist isolates the tooth using a rubber dam so the tooth isn't impacted by bacteria in saliva.


Pulp Access

The dentist must drill a hole in order to access the pulp. This hole will go from the outside of the tooth into the pulp chamber. On front teeth, the hole is made in the back of the tooth; in the back teeth, the hole is made on the chewing surface of the tooth. Any decay that is present or fillings must be removed at the time the hole is created.

Cleaning Canals

The dentist then cleans out and shapes each of the root canals. In this process, the bacteria are removed along with toxins, pus, nerve tissue, excess debris and anything else in the root of the tooth. The roots are then enlarged and flared so that their shape is most conducive to the later filling and sealing process. Root canal files clean out each root in a delicate manner, making sure to save as much of the actual tooth as possible. Files of an increasingly large diameter are used to widen the root canal space.


The tooth root is flushed periodically so that debris can be washed away. Many cleaning solutions are used, including sodium hypochlorite, to clean and sterilise the root canals. The dentist measures the length of the root canals so that he or she can be sure the entire length of the canal is clear and the correct amount of filler is applied.


Finally, the hollow interior root canals are filled with the proper material. Some dentists wait about a week to fill the cavity, while others fill the root canals right away. If the dentist waits, he or she will use a temporary filling to keep the cavity clean during the week. The most common filling material for the root canals is called gutta-percha which is a latex type of substance. After this, the tooth is technically a dead tooth and must have a crown placed on it.


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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