Root Canal Treatment in Edinburgh

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Oral health problems needing endodontic treatment can range from mildly uncomfortable to outright unbearable—and ‘root canal treatment’ is the prognosis that no one wants to hear.

However, root canal therapy’s reputation as a dreaded dental treatment isn’t deserved.

In fact, we think you’ll be surprised at just how gentle the procedure can be in the hands of our expert team, headed by endodontic specialist Dr Carol Tait.

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It’s What’s Inside that Counts

The tooth is much more than the beautiful enamel seen on the outside: Inside is a living network of soft dental pulp made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels reaching deep into the root canal.

When surface damage and decay are left untreated, bacteria can penetrate the tooth’s outer layer and cause an infection in the pulp that can spread to the gum and jaw.

The early signs of root canal infections are usually little more than discomfort and a dull ache, but symptoms can quickly worsen to swelling and acute pain if the infection isn’t treated fast.

Root Canal On The Row

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s best to get help quickly before any infection develops.

Choose Dr Carol Tait and The Row for your endodontic care, and we’ll begin with a thorough assessment to determine if the root is infected and decide on the best course of action.

The procedure involves gently removing infected soft tissue from inside the tooth before re-sealing to protect against further infection. It’s all over in a single appointment and carried out under local anaesthetic—so you won’t feel a thing.

If damage to the tooth is extensive, we may recommend returning to The Row for long-lasting repair with a crown or other restoration.


Demystifying Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy has a reputation that often causes apprehension among patients, but the reality of this procedure is far less daunting than many believe. Here’s why root canal therapy is not something to fear:

Pain Relief

The primary purpose of root canal treatment is to relieve pain caused by infected or inflamed pulp inside the tooth. Contrary to common myths, modern techniques and anaesthesia make the procedure surprisingly pain-free.

Saving Your Tooth

Root canal therapy can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. Keeping your natural tooth helps maintain your chewing efficiency and protects other teeth from excessive wear.

High Success Rate

This treatment enjoys an excellent success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care.


While it may sound complex, root canal therapy is a routine dental procedure. It’s similar in experience to getting a filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments.

Meet Dr Carol Tait


We’re pleased to offer gentle care by specialist endodontist Dr Carol Tait. Known for her gentle approach to treatment, Carol joined the specialist register in orthodontics at Dundee University, where she was also a lecturer.

Carol continues to teach and is the deputy lead examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons England and postgraduate external examiner at the universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham.

She is also a key opinion leader and ambassador for global dental tech and equipment leader Dentsply Sirona.

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If you suspect you need root canal treatment, don’t wait for the problem to worsen before contacting The Row. Call us now to schedule your same-day appointment.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a root canal treatment, and why is it needed?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat an infected or damaged tooth by removing the infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth and sealing it to prevent further infection. It is needed to save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Common signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling around the affected tooth, and a pimple-like bump on the gums near the tooth.

Is a root canal a painful procedure?

Root canal treatments are typically performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel significant pain during the procedure. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.

How long does a root canal procedure take to complete?

The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on the complexity of the tooth and the extent of the infection. On average, it can take one to two hours.

What is the success rate of root canal treatments?

Root canal treatments have a high success rate, often exceeding 90%. However, success depends on proper cleaning, sealing, and restoration of the tooth and good oral hygiene afterwards.

Can I eat and drink normally after a root canal procedure?

After a root canal, you should avoid eating or drinking until the anaesthesia wears off to prevent accidental injury. Once you can eat, you can resume a regular diet.

How long does it take to recover after a root canal?

Recovery time varies, but most people can return to normal activities within a day or two. Some post-operative discomfort and mild swelling may persist for a few days.

What are the alternatives to root canal treatment?

The primary alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction, followed by replacement options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures. However, preserving the natural tooth with a root canal is often the preferred option.

Are there any complications or risks associated with root canal treatments?

While complications are rare, they can include reinfection, incomplete cleaning of the root canals, or damage to surrounding structures. Your dentist will discuss potential risks before the procedure.

How can I prevent the need for a root canal in the future?

Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, reducing the risk of future root canal treatments.

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