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By Great Meadows Dental Group
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental

One of the many restorative dentistry approaches that Great Meadows Dental Group provides is root canal therapy, a treatment that is used to counteract tooth decay and infection. Comfortable, pain-alleviating, and tooth-sparing, a root canal takes just two visits with your Bedford dentist. Is it right for you?

What is a root canal?

Within each tooth, there is an interior chamber that holds connective tissue, nerves, and small blood vessels to support and nourish the entire structure—these chambers are referred to as root canals. The soft tissue within the canals play an important role in tooth development, but they become non-essential in your adult years.

If the interior pulp becomes damaged, inflamed, or infected, your Bedford dentist may remove it, disinfect the tooth, and then seal and crown it for years of further use; this process is what the term "root canal treatment" refers to. The American Association of Endodontists maintains that most teeth restored with root canal therapy last a lifetime, sparing patients needless pain, tooth loss, and expensive replacement procedures.

Despite what people say about root canal treatment, the process is straightforward and comfortable, generally requiring only local anesthetic. After the tooth has healed, Dr. Kharin removes the temporary filling, and bonds on a permanent porcelain crown.

The renewed tooth matches its neighbors in color and shape and is strong enough for normal oral functions. Daily brushing and flossing, along with six-month cleanings and check-ups at Great Meadows Dental Group, keep it healthy.

Signs you may need a root canal

Only your dentist can tell you what restoration is best for your tooth. Common signs which tell your dentist that root canal therapy is appropriate include:

  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sugar
  • Throbbing toothache pain
  • Jaw and/or gum swelling
  • Drainage from the area around the tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Enamel discoloration, chips, or cracks
  • Deep decay
  • A missing crown or fillings
  • Red, tender gum tissue which may be accompanied by sores or pimples on the gums

Always check with your dentist right away when you feel any dental symptoms start. Early intervention reduces the chances of extraction and complex restorations.

Learn more

For more information about root canal treatment or any restorative, preventive, or cosmetic procedure, please call Great Meadows Dental Group. We have four expert dentists on staff, as well as support personnel who are informative and caring. Phone us today at (781) 275-7707.