Root Canal Therapy
For many people, going to the dentist for a major dental procedure such as a root canal raises the fear level for both procedural pain and post-surgery discomfort for the patient. However, there is good news. Modern technology and advances in the dentistry profession make having a root canal an event that is far more beneficial than painful. First, knowing what a root canal procedure is can act as a mental anesthetic. Each tooth has a nerve that connects it to the upper or lower part of the mouth. When tooth decay or infection sets in, the nerve inside the tooth can become infected, causing considerable pain. This infection can lead to the creation of an abscess.
A root canal is often a dreaded procedure but this can be an alternative to a tooth extraction and can be a very effective way to eliminate tooth pain. While root canals can take two or more appointments, your New England Dental Care dentist will work to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you. The extent of the procedure and effectiveness will depend on how extensive the tooth damage is. During the root canal treatment, the area is assessed and then the damaged and / or dead pulp is removed and the area is then sealed.
After a root canal, you should consider having a porcelain crown put over the tooth as this will help prevent tooth breakage. This is especially helpful if extensive restoration was done, leaving a thin shell of a tooth. If pain, swelling, and other problems occur after root canal treatment, you may need to meet with your dentist again to determine whether or not further work needs to be done.
No one really wants to have a root canal but when you need one, you want it done right. New England Dental Care offers quality dental services (family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry) and has an extensive history in performing root canals. We are highly accredited dental professionals who place a priority on quality and patient comfort. Our patient testimonials speak volumes about our commitment to putting patient care first.