When we talk about root canals, we find many people apprehensive about the procedure. Years of misinformation and jokes have left this common endodontic procedure with an undeserved reputation. In fact, root canal procedures are comfortable and many patients find them comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. In today’s blog, we’re explaining why residents of Brighton, MA, shouldn’t fear the root canal!

How Do We Perform One?

What does the procedure involve? Well, we begin by administering a local anesthetic, which helps ensure the patient remains comfortable throughout the procedure. We then open the tooth, so we can reach and remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we thoroughly clean the inside of the tooth and the interior of the root canals. Next, we prepare and place a restorative material into the tooth, which helps preserve it. Finally, we create and place a custom-made dental crown, which covers the visible portion of your tooth and restores the smile to optimal function, health, and beauty. With endodontic treatment, we stop the infection and preserve your tooth!

How Do They Save the Tooth?

An infection occurs when untreated tooth decay or injury exposes the inner pulp, the tooth’s nerve center, to harmful bacteria. Without treatment, the tooth could eventually die and in extreme cases, require removal to stop the spread of infection to other teeth. However, the root canal procedure enables our team to address the infection and preserve your natural tooth, ensuring a whole and healthy smile.

When Should You See the Dentist?

How do you know if you have an infection? If you attend routine six-month visits for checkups and cleanings, then we often identify decay and infection in the earliest stages, addressing them before the patient suffers from discomfort. Otherwise, you will need to be aware of the possible warning signs, such as pain when eating, regular tooth sensitivity and toothaches, fever, swelling around the tooth, or possibly a discharge from the tooth. If you begin to experience one or more of these common warning signs, then let us know. Don’t risk losing a tooth to lack of treatment! We will offer a safe and comfortable endodontic procedure to preserve the tooth and stop the pain in your smile. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have a Tooth That Aches?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, our team offers restorative treatments to repair and restore teeth to full function and beauty. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, and all neighboring communities.