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By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D.
July 17, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: root canal  

Need a root canal? Root canal therapy is a procedure used to fix a tooth that is infected or badly decayed. The infection is caused by bacteria that invade the tooth. This can happen after trauma, leaky fillings or tooth decay. A root canal from your dentist can save your tooth from having to be removed. H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care, which is located in West Roxbury, MA, offers a full range of dental services their patients. Here are 5 signs you may need a root canal.

1. You have a toothache. A toothache is a sign that you may need root canal treatment. Toothache is pain in or around a tooth. Its level may range from slight to extreme. If left untreated by your dentist in West Roxbury, the pain will get worse over time. Root canal treatment will eliminate your pain and improve your well-being. Many patients have reported that root canals are no more painful than having fillings placed.

2. You have a bump on your gum. Have you noticed a bump on your gums? A bump on the gums is a sign that a root canal is needed. This bump may go away and then come back. The bump is filled with pus caused by bacteria inside the tooth. Pus is a natural result of the body fighting an infection.

3. Your gums are swollen. Gum swelling is a sign that you may need a root canal. If your gums become swollen, they may bulge out, or protrude. The swelling can range from being slight to quite pronounced. The swelling may have presented itself for the first time, with a slow or rapid onset. In severe cases, the swelling may extend into your neck or face.

4. Hot and cold bother you. Do hot and cold temperatures make your teeth hurt? Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods may be a sign that you need a root canal. You may experience a short, sharp pain when the area is exposed to hot or cold temperatures through beverages, foods, or the air.

5. You have a darkened tooth. Do you have one darkened tooth? One darkened tooth may be a sign that a root canal is needed. Other causes of tooth discoloration include tobacco use, certain medications, and dark-colored beverages and foods. Consult with a dental practitioner if you are experiencing any of these problems.

Don't give up on your teeth. If you need a root canal, call H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care at (617) 323-5000 right now to schedule a dental appointment in West Roxbury, MA. Our world-class dentist will make your root canal treatment painless, positive and stress free!

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

It's abnormal for a tooth to hurt or to be super-sensitive to heat or cold. You have a molar that behaves that way. Should you do root canalsomething? At H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA, your dentist will evaluate that problematic tooth to see what's wrong and how to treat it--perhaps with root canal therapy. Learn here what shows the doctor you need a root canal.

What is root canal therapy?

Also called endodontics, a root canal removes inflamed, damaged pulp from a tooth's interior chamber and up to four narrow root canals. This inner structure contains blood vessels, supportive tissue and other elements essential to the tooth's development. As the tooth ages into adulthood, it can function without these soft elements which are prone to infection and inflammation from oral injury and decay.

That's where root canal therapy is so beneficial. Accomplished in just two visits to H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, a root canal treatment removes diseased pulp, disinfects and seals the tooth and crowns it to strengthen and beautify the area above the gums.

To determine if a root canal would help, your dentist in West Roxbury, MA, inspects the tooth and its surrounding tissues. Also, the doctor asks about symptoms and takes digital X-rays to evaluate the jaw bone and roots. With a diagnosis of abscess, extensive decay or other problem confirmed, your dentist numbs the tooth and accesses the interior chamber through small holes created with a handheld drill.

Through these holes, he or she inserts tiny metal files of increasing size. The files remove the pulp and smooth the canal walls. Each canal receives antibiotic medication and a natural elastic substance called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha strengthens and seals the tooth, allowing the dentist to place a temporary filling or cap.

After the tooth heals, you'll return to the office for placement of a customized porcelain crown. This crown is realistic in form and function and will allow your tooth to bite and chew and to blend in with your smile.

The American Association of Endodontists, experts in root canal therapy, states that these procedures are up to 97 percent successful, preserving injured teeth indefinitely. At H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, Dr. Scott Young is our staff endodontist.

When a tooth is in danger

Mostly, you'll know when a tooth has a problem, but sometimes, worrisome symptoms are not obvious. That's why preventive care--exams, X-rays and hygienic cleanings--are critical to oral health. The dentist's professional eyes spot signs of danger you may not notice.

However, typical signs you need root canal therapy usually show as:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling and redness of the gums
  • A pimple on the gums
  • Dental sensitivity to heat, cold and sugar
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Bad-tasting drainage
  • A crack or large chip

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If you're in between check-ups and notice unusual dental symptoms, don't wait. Please contact H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care for a consultation. You may need root canal therapy. Call (617) 323-5000.

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.

By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
June 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

According to popular culture, a root canal treatment is one of life’s most painful experiences. But popular culture is wrong — this common treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it. Knowing the facts will help alleviate any anxiety you may feel if you’re scheduled to undergo the procedure.

A root canal treatment addresses a serious problem involving the pulp of a tooth that has become infected. The pulp is a system of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues inside the tooth that helps the tooth maintain its vitality. It also contains a series of minute passageways known as root canals that interconnect with the body’s nervous system.

The pulp may become infected for a number of reasons: tooth decay, gum disease, repetitive dental procedures, or traumatic tooth damage. Once the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged it must be completely removed from the tooth and the root canals filled and sealed in order to save the tooth.

We begin the procedure by numbing the affected tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia and placing a dental dam (a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl) over the area to isolate the tooth and prevent the spread of infection to other oral tissues. We then drill a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Using special instruments, we then remove the infected or dead pulp tissue through the access hole and then wash and cleanse the root canals and pulp chamber with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions.

After additional preparation, we fill the root canals and pulp chamber with a filling especially designed for this kind of treatment, usually a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha that easily molds and compresses when heated. We then seal the access hole with a temporary filling (until a permanent crown can be fashioned) to prevent infection from reentering the pulp space. After the procedure, you may experience some minor discomfort easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

You’ll find the root canal treatment alleviates the symptoms prompted by the pulp infection, particularly acute pain. What’s more, a successful root canal will have achieved something even more crucial to your health — it will give your tooth a second chance at survival.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

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