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Endodontics for Everlasting Smiles in Kent

Endodontic treatment refers to procedures that involve the nerves and soft inner tissue of the teeth, or the “pulp.” This can become necessary when a severe infection occurs, usually due to decay or a traumatic injury to the mouth. Symptoms include serious toothaches, swollen or red gums, extreme sensitivity to overly hot or cold temperatures, and pain that is felt in other areas of the head, such as the neck or ear. The most common procedure related to endodontics is a root canal.

Root Canals

During root canal treatment, we’ll create an opening in the affected tooth so that we easily access the inner “canal” of your tooth, where the pulp is located. Then, infected tissue is removed and the entire space is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. In most cases, a crown must also be placed so as to restore the external structure of the tooth and bring back its full form and function. Root canal treatment is highly successful, and most teeth that undergo the procedure go on to last for the rest of a patient’s lifetime, as long as they maintain a proper oral hygiene routine.

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