Reasons You May Need a Root Canal
By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Find out if your mouth is trying to tell you that you may need root canal treatment.root canal

While we know that no one wants a root canal, sometimes problems arise that warrant it. Our West Roxbury, MA, family dentists can perform this dental treatment if it becomes necessary. While a root canal has been given a rather unfair reputation over the decades, we are here to tell you more about the situations that warrant a root canal and why this procedure really isn't a big deal after all!

Why do I need a root canal?

If our West Roxbury, MA, dentist has recently examined your mouth and determined that you require a root canal, then chances are pretty good that you came into our office complaining of tooth pain. This is the most common symptom that sends patients to our office for treatment. While dental pain can be caused by a variety of issues, if decay, trauma or an infection has impacted the health of the inner structure of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) then a root canal will be required to treat the problem.

What goes into getting a root canal?

While people often worry that a root canal is going to hurt, we are happy to report that it’s entirely the opposite. Remember, you’ve already come into our office suffering from a toothache. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the source of the pain not cause pain.

A root canal is a simple procedure performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia means that the entire area will be completely numb so you won’t feel anything during your treatment.

The first step is to go through the crown of the tooth and carefully remove the damaged or infected dental pulp (the source of your pain). We will also thoroughly clean out the inside of the tooth to make sure that it’s free of bacteria and pus.

Next, we will use special materials to seal up the root canals to prevent infection and rebuild the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown will be needed to fully restore the tooth after treatment. We will also need to take impressions of the tooth so that your custom crown can be made.

Once your crown is complete (typically within one week), you will come back so we can check the fit of the crown and then cement it into place. Now your tooth is good as new!

If you have questions about getting a root canal in West Roxbury, MA, or if you are experiencing a toothache, then it’s time you called our dental office.

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