What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment that falls into endodontics – a specialism that focuses on the inner pulp (inner nerve) of the tooth. Infections occur in this area of the tooth for many reasons (like tooth decay, a leaking filling, or trauma to the tooth). The tooth will begin to rot until it is removed or falls out if treatment is not performed. A root canal is the only treatment that can be used to revert the effects of an infection by removing areas of the dental pulp which have become infected.
When and why would i need a root canal?
Teeth are prone to infections in the tooth canals – located inside the tooth – when these areas become exposed. This can be caused by anything from an improperly fitted filling to a fracture or trauma. If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity, or looseness from any tooth, your dentist will normally take an x-ray to confirm where the infection is.
Note, do not postpone any kind of treatment. The pain from an infection of the dental pulp can start to feel better as the pulp dies. This can be very misleading for patients. It does not, for example, suggest that the infection has healed, and your symptoms will only start to return at a later stage. You will need to undergo root canal treatment as soon as the infection has been diagnosed, as this will ensure you get the best possible outcome from the treatment.
How is a root canal performed?
You may be referred to a specialist endodontist if the treatment is considered particularly complicated. Whoever performs the procedure, they will begin by administering a local anaesthetic to numb the area and prevent any pain during the treatment.
The canals within the tooth occur from the crown (which is the biting surface of the tooth) and anchor the tooth into place by attaching to the jaw bone. These canals house the dental pulp and can be accessed by removing the crown.
Learn more about procedures and steps
Just about anyone over the age of 18. You don’t have to belong to a private dental plan. You don’t even have to be a regular visitor at Synergy Dental.
You can use the loan to pay for most dental work, but it’s particularly suited to more costly private treatments, such as dental implants, orthodontic, aesthetic, or cosmetic work.
If you’re not sure whether it’s right for your treatment, please ask your dentist.
Typically between £500 and £25,000 depending on the course of the treatment. This will be subject to an “on-the-spot” credit check.
Most patients’ applications are approved there and then, so you can go ahead and schedule treatment immediately.
Much like any other loan, you repay it in affordable monthly payments over an agreed term. These payments are collected by Direct Debit.
Once you’ve agreed on a course of treatment and a cost with your dentist, we’ll make the credit application on your behalf. As soon as the credit check is complete and the loan process, you’ll receive written confirmation from the credit provider. Simple as that!
We are working with one of the most respected credit providers in the business. Ask your dentist for details.
You can apply for an interest-free loan for each course of treatment, subject to the usual credit check.
For anyone considering using our interest-free loan facility to fund their private dental treatment, the benefits are clear.
- You get the treatment you want, a treatment that will make you look and feel a million times better.
- You get to spread the cost of that treatment over a period that suits you.
- Because it’s interest-free, our 0% loan can be a much more affordable alternative to credit cards or bank loans. It’s easy to apply and simple to repay by Direct Debit. To discuss the benefits in more detail, speak to your dentist or one of the practice staff.