Endodontics is a branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association dealing with the treatment of the pulp and surrounding tissues of the tooth. Drs. Robert Page, Preetha Chally and John Boyle offer root canal treatments in Boston and Arlington, Massachusetts, to help you regain your oral health and restore the function of your tooth. Call Congress Dental Group at 617-574-8700 or Arlington Dental Smiles at 781-641-0500 to learn more about root canals and make your appointment with our skilled dentists.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. It can prevent the need for a tooth extraction, thus avoiding the need for dental implants or bridges. We use this treatment to restore your tooth and alleviate your pain. Most people dread this dental procedure, but it is important to remember that if the dental decay is not treated the right way and at the right time, it will spread deep inside the tooth and ultimately affects the pulp tissue. When we perform this treatment, the infected pulp is replaced with a filling, allowing you to preserve your natural tooth.
IMPORTANCE OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT AT THE RIGHT TIME
The root canals of your teeth are comprised of nerves and blood vessels. These nerves and vessels give oxygen and nutrients to the teeth, keeping them healthy. When you neglect the dental decay on the outer layers of your teeth, it slowly progresses to the root canals, affecting the nerves and blood vessels. This results in infection and inflammation. As the infected pulp tissue dies due to infection, it causes severe pain and swelling. When root canal treatment is not performed at the right time, the infection spreads to the surrounding bone structure, which leads to tooth abscess. It is therefore very important to take the treatment at the right time.
The treatment starts with a local anesthesia that numbs the area around the tooth. Once the surrounding area of the tooth is given anesthesia, the tooth is drilled down, and an opening is created. The infected tissue is then removed through this opening. Once the infected part is removed, the cavity is filled in with rubbery cement. While root canal treatment is often feared for being a painful dental procedure, we make sure to treat you with little or no pain. When the right amount of anesthesia is given, the patient will feel no pain at all.
AFTER-EFFECTS OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
There are rarely any complications following a root canal treatment. However, make sure you avoid eating hard foods until your treatment is completely done. Also, it is advisable to limit your intake of sugar and beverages, such as soft drinks. It is very important to take good care of your teeth after root canal treatment. This will give you better results over a lifetime.
We provide customized dental care procedures in professional and comfortable environment that cater to the unique needs and requirements of our patients. We provide surgical and non-surgical root canal treatment procedures depending on the case history of the patient. For more information about root canal therapy and endodontic treatments, please contact our office today.