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The Truth About Root Canals - Down House Dental Practiceroot canal is a treatment where damaged nerve tissue and pulp inside a tooth is removed, with the resulting cavity closed up afterwards. Despite being an entirely routine procedure, there are still many misconceptions surrounding root canal treatment. Here at Down House Dental Practice, we can help dispel the myths, revealing what’s true and false about this treatment.

Myth #1: root canals are extremely painful: FALSE

In truth, root canal treatment is reportedly no more painful than a filling.

Myth #2: root canals make your tooth more sensitive: FALSE

While your tooth might feel sensitive straight after treatment, this can be controlled with over-the-counter medication, and the tooth shouldn’t be sensitive in the long run.

Myth #3: root canals have a high success rate: TRUE

The procedure has a 95% success rate, with many teeth fixed by the treatment lasting a lifetime.

Myth #4: nobody can tell if you’ve had a root canal: TRUE

As a treatment often ends with some kind of restoration such as a crown or filling, it’s extremely discreet.

Myth #5: root canals can lead to complications: TRUE

As with most kinds of treatment, sometimes, unforeseen complications arise – in this case, examples might be a crack in the tooth or a breakdown of dentin in the tooth, which causes bacteria to flood the inner cavity.

Myth #6: root canals are expensive: FALSE

As they have become more routine, these treatments have become more affordable and are far less expensive than others, such as cosmetic dentistry.

Myth #7: you can prevent a root canal from being needed: TRUE

One of the main reasons root this type of treatment is required is because decay has caused the pulp and nerve to become inflamed or infected. Having good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, will help reduce the risk, as will regular trips to your dentist or dental hygienist.

Myth #8: an untreated tooth can cause further problems: TRUE

Once the tooth’s nerve and pulp become infected, further complications can arise, such as an abscessed tooth, swelling and even bone loss around the root of the tooth.

How to book in for treatment

Now that you know the truth about root canals, why not book in for an appointment with Down House Dental Practice in Brighton, near London. Our first-class team has the experience, know-how and confidence to tackle any dental concern, getting you your smile back.

Why Choose Down House for Root Canal Treatment?

What Our Patients Say

Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris
2024-02-22
Clare with her team provided a dental filling experience that was explained very well and performed professionally with courtesy and understanding.
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
2024-02-16
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.
Penny Greenfield
Penny Greenfield
2024-02-15
There's always a warm welcome from all staff at Down House Dental Practice. I've been a patient for many years. My present dentist is gentle and most reassuring. I've had a few different treatments and nothing is too much trouble. After a particularly difficult session i had a call from Claire (dentist) to see how I was. Both Claire and her nurse, Catherine are professional and sympathetic and I know I'm in very safe hands. Not forgetting Tesh, the hygienist who is always so efficient and gives great advice and care. Thank you Down House Surgery, you are a great team.
Al and Pam Turner
Al and Pam Turner
2024-02-14
Excellent work by my dentist, Ali Noori.
JEAN HAMMOND
JEAN HAMMOND
2024-02-14
Very happy with this practice. Tesh is a brilliant hygienist & a lovely person
Valerie Holden
Valerie Holden
2024-02-14
All the staff are amazingly friendly . They always make you feel at ease by explaining what is going to happen. A lovely dentist practice highly recommended
Kate Gover
Kate Gover
2024-02-07
Clare is an excellent dentist: incredibly friendly, highly professional and very kind. I can highly recommend her.
Adrian Ridley
Adrian Ridley
2024-02-06
Very efficient service with professional and friendly staff. They ane always brilliant with our children who are registered with this practice. They explain everything clearly and put them at ease. Highly recommend and wish we could be registered as NHS patients too! 😊
mark Trickey
mark Trickey
2024-02-06
Why use the NHS when you can use the best. Teeth are a precious commodity and Down House Dental Practice is worth every penny. I lost a gold crown the other day. On a Sunday. Refitted within 48 hours.
Emma Cripps
Emma Cripps
2024-02-02
Friendly professional and they allow ESA dogs in

How to Find Us in Steyning, Sussex

We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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The Truth About Root Canals - Down House Dental Practice