When a tooth becomes infected, you could experience persistent sensitivity, or possibly a toothache. Over time, symptoms can grow more severe and the risk of a missing tooth increases too. To treat this and protect your smile, you need a root canal. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists explain why a root canal isn’t a procedure to fear, and how we ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process.
Ensuring Your Comfort
When you experience the symptoms of an infection, such as pain when you bite down or chew, a persistent aches, regular sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or swelling near a tooth, then let us know. We will perform an examination with advanced technology. If we discover infection or abscess, we will administer a local anesthetic and discuss sedation options to help ensure you feel calm and relaxed. At this point, we start the root canal procedure.
Basically, the procedure involves opening the tooth and then removing any infected tissues within. We then clean the interior of the tooth. The next step is to add a special restorative filling known as gutta percha. Once we cure this material, we will likely place a crown. Custom-made to ensure a lifelike appearance and durable restoration, the crown will prevent further damage and improve smile esthetics. In as little as one visit for some patients, we can correct the source of your discomfort and return your smile to optional health, function, and beauty. In fact, many patients find the entire process comparable to receiving a simple dental filling.
Remember, an infection could eventually become so severe that it spreads to other teeth or moves into the jawbone. To prevent this spread, we may be forced to remove the tooth. To avoid an embarrassing gap in your smile, and one that itself could cause further complications, you need to seek treatment once you encounter the warning signs we discussed above. Remember, our team wants to help you maintain a whole, healthy, and beautiful smile for years to come. If you have any questions about our approach to restorative and endodontic care, or if you have an aching tooth that need attention, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Endodontic Care?
Our team is here to help you maintain optimal oral health, and preserve the stability of your smile. We have root canal procedures, custom-made crowns, and other unique restorative and cosmetic treatments to help restore your smile. To learn more about preventing or treating a dental infection, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.