What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Endodontic therapy

Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Root canals, and their associated pulp chamber, are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Together, these items constitute the dental pulp.

Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals. Filling of the cleaned and decontaminated canals is done with an inert filling such as gutta-percha and typically a eugenol-based cement. Epoxy resin is employed to bind gutta-percha in some root canal procedures. Click here for more detailed information about Root Canal treatment, causes & preventions.

Endodontics with Dr Ronan McManus

We at Town Moor Dental Care are pleased to announce our new team member, Dr Ronan McManus who has a special interest in endodontics and will be accepting referrals for private endodontic treatment at our practice.

Dr. McManus graduated from Sheffield dental school 2002. He then went on to complete a certificate in endodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute and a Masters degree from Chester University. He also runs his own practice in Rotherham and is currently undertaking a masters degree in medical law.


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