Root canal therapy in Kent
Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, focuses on treating disease, pain and injuries that occur in the root of the tooth when the pulp becomes infected. Root canal treatment is usually required when the pulp is infected, due to tooth decay or damage to the tooth. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the root canals, cleaning it to ensure no infection remains and filling the space to seal it and protect the root canal from further infection.
Although it traditionally has had bad reputation, modern root canal treatment is normally painless and no more uncomfortable that having a filling. Some patients may feel a slight discomfort after treatment, when the tooth might be a little sensitive for a few days. This discomfort is usually minor and can generally be relieved with over-the counter-medication, such as paracetamol.
Following treatment of the root, a permanent restoration is placed to seal and reinforce the tooth’s biting strength. This may be a filling, but is more usually a crown. Options will be discussed with you depending on your individual case.