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Emergency Dentists in Kent

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Emergency Dentists in Kent


What is an Endodontist?

At Instant Dental you will have access to an endodontist – a dentist who’s practice is limited to root canal treatment.  An endodontist or a dentist with special interest in endodontics carries out further training in the field of root canal treatment compared to a General Dental Practitioner.  This means you have team members who are highly skilled to give you unparalleled service and care.

The Endodontist or dentist with special interest in root canal treatment often works at higher magnification using dental loupes or microscopes, as well as using other equipment to give you the latest in dental emergency care.


If following a root canal procedure, your tooth and the surrounding area remains infected; your dentist will generally recommend an apicectomy.

What is an Apicectomy?

Apicectomy is a type of microsurgery which removes a small portion of a tooth’s root tip, also known as an apex. In addition to the tip of the root, any surrounding material that has remained infected will also be removed.

This often is carried out by our Endodontist or dentist with special interest in root canal treatment to give you the very best in care.

What are the common reasons a root canal will fail?
  • The root canal was not (easily) accessible during the initial treatment, and it could not be treated
  • The root is fractured
  • Your dentist missed one of the canals due to an obstruction or your complex anatomy
  • Resistant bacteria or re infection of the area at a future date
How is an apicectomy carried out?

Similar to undergoing a root canal treatment, your tooth and the immediate surrounding areas will be numbed with a local anaesthetic before the procedure begins.

For the first step of the procedure, your dentist will make a small incision into your gum to get better access to the infected area. The infection, along with the root’s apex, is removed using endodontic tools.

After an examination of the remaining tissues, your dentist will decide if an additional bone graft is necessary for the area. Finally, the area will be cleaned, and the gums will be sutured closed.

Post-surgery swelling and discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

If you have recently had a failed root canal, contact Instant Dental on 01622 291 999 for an emergency apicectomy to restore your tooth’s health.

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