Root Canal Treatment Lexington MA
Endodontist | A root canal treatment is performed when a tooth has become infected or severely decayed. The pulp is usually affected and must be removed in order to save the tooth. Left untreated, the tooth will die and have to be removed. Tooth pain is commonly associated with an infection and will persist if the issue is not resolved.
Tooth infections may include the following symptoms:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth pain
- Gum pain
- Facial swelling
- Gum pain or tenderness
What is a tooth pulp?
A tooth pulp is the soft tissue found inside of a tooth. The pulp is made of blood vessels and nerves. Once affected by bacteria, the pulp needs to be removed in order to save the tooth.
What does a root canal treatment involve?
An endodontist will perform a thorough examination to determine if the tooth is infected and if a root canal is recommended. If so, the endodontist will numb the affected area and use a thin rubber piece around the tooth. This piece keeps the tooth clean and dry during the procedure. Next, the endodontist creates an opening at the crown to remove the pulp, nerve, and bacteria. The tooth root canals are then sealed along with the rest of the tooth. The patient receives a temporary filling while a custom dental crown is created. When the crown is ready, the patient returns to have the crown permanently cemented on the tooth. It is possible to feel sensitivity during this process but it will fade. Patients are encouraged to contact us with questions or concerns.
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Root Canal Treatment | Tooth pain is an obvious sign that an underlying issue is present. However, some patients may not experience symptoms. This is why dental exams are crucial for oral care. We can detect issues early on to avoid extensive dental work. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call (781) 861-7645 or book an appointment here.