Root canals have a bad reputation, but with advances in modern dentistry and endodontics, root canals are very similar to traditional fillings. If you’re experiencing symptoms like a toothache or temperature sensitivity, Assia Fain, DMD, and her team at Lakeside Family Dental in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, offers expert root canal treatments to repair and preserve your teeth. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A root canal is a dental treatment that removes decay and damaged tissue from the pulpy interior of your tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels are protected. Root canals are effective treatments for:
The team will assess how long you’ve been in pain for, the severity of your pain, and the surrounding circumstances leading to your pain in order to determine whether a root canal is necessary.
Pain is the primary indicator that you might need a root canal. If you experience a severe toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, you should make a dental appointment right away. However, you also might not experience any symptoms at all.
The only way to know for sure if the interior of your tooth is damaged or decayed is to have dental X-rays. Dental X-rays show Dr. Fain the insides of your teeth so she can diagnose and treat any necessary issues with a root canal.
Root canals are similar to traditional fillings for cavities. First, you receive local anesthesia which numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Sedation dentistry is also available, so you can proceed with ease and feel relaxed throughout the process.
Then, Dr. Fain uses special instruments to drill into your tooth to access the decayed interior. She carefully removes any decayed or damaged tissue, taking care to leave your healthy tissue intact. She carefully cleans away any debris and applies an antibacterial medication if necessary.
After she removed the decayed tissue, Dr. Fain fills your tooth with a rubber-like material and seals it with a filling. If the decay is severe and your tooth is weakened, she may also fit you for a crown for additional support and protection.
You may need a second appointment for your permanent crown to be applied and for Dr. Fain to check that the root canal has successfully removed all the decayed and infected tissue.
Your tooth may be a little sensitive following a root canal, but with the modern dental treatments provided by the team at Lakeside Family Dental, your discomfort should subside with over-the-counter pain medication or ice packs. You can take care of your teeth regularly by brushing for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
If you’re in need of a root canal, trust the experts at Lakeside Family Dental to ensure a relaxing, comfortable experience. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.