Root Canal Treatment

Relieve pain from an infected tooth in Watford

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is necessary when an infection forms inside the tooth. This process is used where otherwise a tooth may need to be removed.

The root canal contains dental pulp and is found from the top of your tooth all the way down to the root. You will need root canal treatment if the pulp has been damaged by infection. Your dentist will only know this for sure, by conducting x-rays.

When do you need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is given to patients from Bushey, Watford, Moor Park, Chandler’s Cross, Rickmansworth, and throughout Hertfordshire if they have suffered a trauma to a tooth or if they have tooth decay.

You may notice pain when chewing or when eating or drinking hot and cold food and drinks. It’s important to see a dentist at this stage before the infection can spread.

If the infection spreads, you may notice that the pain has subsided, but other symptoms can occur including swelling around the tooth or gum, pus from the tooth or the tooth getting darker.

The pulp cannot heal itself, so it’s important that you contact us at Watford Dental Practice if you experience any pain or symptoms shown above.

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How does root canal treatment in Watford work?

Treatment for root canal involves several steps and usually means that you must return to the dental surgery in Watford for a series of appointments.

Identify and diagnose the infection

Your dentist will inspect your mouth, teeth and gums and will usually need an x-ray of your tooth to identify whether you need root canal treatment.

Local anaesthetic

You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area of mouth that contains the infected tooth.

Removal of infected pulp

Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will gently drill your tooth to create an opening.

He or she will then remove the pulp using special dental equipment.

Cleaning of the root canals

Your dentist will then clean the canals using a special liquid which prevents the infection returning.

The dentist will then seal your tooth.

Temporary filling

You’ll be given a temporary filling to close the opening made at the start of the procedure.

You may also be given antibiotics to halt the spread of infection.

Follow up

You may need to take paracetamol to manage the pain and reduce the swelling as the local anaesthetic wears off.

You will need to see your dentist again to ensure that your infection has gone.

Your dentist will take more x-rays to ensure that this is the case and will replace your temporary filling with a permanent filling or a crown.

Benefits of root canal treatment in Watford

Root canal treatment is not a treatment that most patients from Watford, Moor Park, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Chandler’s Cross and Hertfordshire want to go through, but the benefits of having root canal treatment mean:


  • Avoiding the alternative option which is have the tooth removed which leaves a gap in your mouth and is more costly and complex to replace
  • Root canal treatment relieves the pain and infection from your tooth
  • The process for root canal is not painful as you are given a local anaesthetic
  • You can return to work and your usual routines within a day or two

FAQ's for Root Canal Treatment

Will my affected tooth be the same after root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a restorative treatment. You should see no difference in the tooth after treatment and if you maintain a good oral hygiene, there’s no reason why your affected tooth cannot last a lifetime.

What should I not do after root canal treatment?

You should avoid biting or chewing down hard for a while on the affected tooth. Immediately after root canal treatment you should avoid hot and cold foods. You should not smoke as this interferes with the healing process.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Many patients worry about the pain involved in root canal treatment. The reality is that you will be experiencing far more pain from the infection. The pain for the treatment is about the same as a filling. You will be given a local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure itself. You may experience soreness and tenderness to the gums after the procedure, but this is manageable with paracetamol. You should be back to your usual routines within a day or two.

Our Reviews

Richard K.
Rani and her assistant very kind and very professionalThank youRichard Kent
Vivek M.
The appointment is required to see a dentist. Overall, you are looked after from the beginning to end. Until you get the bill 😃
Very impressed....very professional...very modern clean environment.... dentist was excellent...will stay with practice...
R Hirani is an excellent dentist who makes me feel at ease….I would highly recommend her and this dental practice
This practice and the staff were a complete life saver! I was suffering from impacted wisdom tooth pain, and unable to get an appointment at my usual dentist any sooner than 5 days time. I was referred here by NHS 111, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The receptionist was lovely, very empathetic and was able to get me an emergency appointment two hours later. My appointment was with Mr. Aftab Hussain, and he was superb! Diagnosed the issue speedily, provided me with the treatment, discussed preventative measures and how the issue would be treated if it occured again, and made me laugh. Excellent all around! Thank you so much!
lillianne B.
had a wonderful experience with watford dental all pleasantly delightful and friendly. Made me feel so at ease as I am a nervous patient and guided me through all my treatment in such detail. Reception team were lovely. Spoke with the manager too who was a delight and very helpful, when i needed a refund for cancellation of a hygiene, as I was moving out of the area she explained in such detail of how the process worked. Thank you to everyone at watford dental.
Asha P.
Been a patient of Watford Dental since I was a child. Dr Abhay Shah is just incredible. So patient, reassuring and brilliant. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. 5 stars
Krishan P.
Fantastic practice. Wonderfully clean and professional environment. Team from reception to dentists and nurses are friendly, welcoming and know how to put your mind at ease. Thank you!
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Albert S.
After experiencing serious toothache for days the receptionist was more than helpful and happy to try and get me a same-day emergency appointment can't speak highly enough
Nishma S.
Had a really nice experience today at Watford Dental Practice. I am always anxious to visit the dentist and I was on this occasion too. However from the moment I was called in I was made to feel relaxed. The dentist explained everything to me and made sure I understood what was going on. The dentist was very gentle and I can honestly say the whole appointment was much better than I anticipated. I have recently changed to this dental practice and whole heartedly recommend them.
Kirsty P.
Always a wonderful experience with Watford dental practice. The receptionist staff are always helpful and friendly. I’ve just finished Invisalign treatment with Roshni who has been incredible. I’ll almost be sad to not be going back aside from for check ups! Very happy with everything from start to finish and would always recommend.
letitia J.
Visiting Watford Dental practice was a great experience for me and my sister, we travelled 2hours to been seen at this dentist and it did not disappoint.I was called in early for my appointment as I arrived early. To my delight the staff were very pleasant and helpful.I had a fantastic clean and check up and some brilliant advice was given. Sapphire and Roshni were particularly helpful and I would like to thank them for their amazing service.
Sushila S.
Excellent service from Priya and her team at Watford Dental Practice.
Willow H.
Feel so lucky to have this as my local dentist. The staff there are always so lovely and helpful. A special thank you to Roshni who is always such a joy to see and is so attentive, professional and caring!
I’ve been coming to this Practice for over 20 years and have had the same Dentist all this time Mr Shah is fantastic always puts me at ease due to my health there has been times I’ve had to cancel at the last minute once the receptionist has spoken to Mr Shah who is very understanding a new appointment is made so I’m sure they don’t strike you off for medical reasons more like not turning up without an explanation I would always recommend this practice and of course Mr Shah
Céline F.
I would highly recommend Watford Dental Practice. I have seen most of the dentists here and they are all amazing and all go out of their way to make sure you get the best care possible. I would like to especially thank Aftab and Zara who have both recently done treatment on my teeth. You cannot tell that my teeth have been restored they all look completely natural and white.Aftab and Zara were able to fit me in quickly at fairly short notice so that I could start my ortho treatment. Thanks for always being amazing 🙂
Kennan N.
I can only say that this was absolutely fantastic. The surgeon Zara was great and very gentle with my sensitive teeth and gums. Very easy to get an appointment and did not have to wait upon arrival.
Rabah D.
Excellent customer services, and good Dr 👍 experience,,,I'm highly recommend this practice.
Shahzad S.
A great practice to be associated with. Genuinely care about you and go out of the way to arrange consultations where necessary by the most appropriate doctor in the field . Special mention to Dr Roshni Hirani and Adrian Mullish .Cannot thank you both enough !
Jay R.
Roshni, Alisha and Nikki have been nothing but amazing with the treatment of my wisdom tooth managed to give great advice to ease the pain while I await for it to be removed, all this while keeping the cost to a minimum. Highly recommend and couldn't stress to get yourself booked in to see these absolute legends
adrian I.
dantastic service here today loverly staff best dentists going thank you to all loverly staff
michael S.
Been going there for a few months now, and I cannot recommend it highly.My,dentist, Roshhni,was amazing and so highly recommended 👌👏🙌😍They are a busy practice, but it's worth the Wait.
Joe M.
The experience I had here today was fantastic! My appointment was with Zara and she is first class. As soon as I arrived I felt incredibly comfortable and like I was being looked after by a true professional. Zara’s knowledge, passion and interpersonal skills truly make her one of the best in her field. I couldn’t recommend her enough. I left with a big smile on my face and that’s how you should feel after the dentist. Ready to show of those teeth 😀
Barbara M.
I highly recommend this practice. It was my first choice when I moved to Watford as it came recommended from friends, and they have not let me down. I’ve been a patient for over 2 years and they have never failed to see me when needed. I recently had a crown fit, by Zara, who is an incredible dentist and a credit to the practice. The reception team have always been efficient and polite too!
Candice D.
I wouldn't go anywhere else than seeing Zara at this dental practice. She and the team were very professional, I felt that I was in good hands. Zara was very gentle and kind to me, explaining what was going on. Having a phobia of dentists and not returning to one in over 10 years I will quite happily return to see her again and not avoid a visit for another decade
Jean-michel R.
Watford dental practice have been our family dentist since it started. The service i get everytime I attend is second to none both from the customer facing staff to the clinical staff. Even with the very difficult challenges they face with Covid-19 protocols, We have always been dealt with professionally so I can only commend them to any prospective clients.
Deborah W.
I have been at dentist many years I've had many teeth problems all the staff are so always luckey to get appointment. Receptionist her name is Carole.. fill like I've known her for ever so so helpful such a kind manner. She is so right for that job she takes my pain away talking to daughter comes to dentist to she is so happy there I must say thank you Carole
Nicholas H.
Watford Dental Practice have always provided a very good service
Stuart B.
Absolutely fantastic treatment at Watford dental practice, suffer with very bad anxiety and was treated fantastically by the dentist and reception team. Will be recommending them to my friends.Massive thank you to all at Watford Dental Service especially Carol and all the reception team for making me feel so welcome and settled. Will definitely be back keep up the great work. 👍👍👍👍👍
Nabil I.
Amazing sevice all the staff are very welcoming and nice