Have you ever wondered what happens during a root canal? Despite the stories you may hear, most patients find this procedure as comfortable as receiving a dental filling. With endodontic treatment the dentist can help you maintain a healthy smile, one that isn’t at risk of tooth loss due to infection.

Common Questions About Root Canal Therapy in Brighton, MA

Question: Why do we need root canal procedures?

Answer: Often, a tooth develops an infection or possibly a dental abscess. Without treatment, the infection may cause the inner pulp to die, affectively killing the tooth. In order to stop the spread of infection the tooth may require extraction. However, treating the issue with a root canal can help prevent the need to remove the tooth.

Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?

Answer: Yes. Most patients compare the procedure to a filling, a very comfortable procedure. We also administer local anesthetic prior to the procedure. We also offer sedation dentistry as well to ease the nerves of anxious patients.

Question: What happens during the procedure?

Answer: First, we administer a local administer and then open the tooth. We then remove the infected tissue and thoroughly clean and disinfect the interior of the tooth. A restorative filling is then placed in the tooth and we cap the tooth with a dental crown. Once complete, your tooth will look and function naturally.

Question: How do I avoid further infections?

Answer: In order to protect your smile from infection you should practice good oral hygiene. You need to brush and floss daily, as well as undergo routine checkups and cleanings twice a year. If you experience the possible warning signs, such as tooth sensitivity or a toothache, then contact our office right away for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.