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If you have ever had a toothache, you will know just how uncomfortable this unfortunate situation is. Though many people mistakenly believe that their painful tooth requires extraction, a root canal can save the structure of the tooth and avoid creating a gap in your smile. Find out more about root canals, what they involve, and how they can save your smile with Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin, and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA.
What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure which removes decayed tissues and nerves from within the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, cleans the tooth from any infected tissues left behind, then refills the tooth to restore its natural structure. This preserves the outside of the tooth while curing a toothache.
Do I need a root canal?
Some of the most common signs of advanced tooth decay include:
- a toothache
- sensitivity to hot and cold
- pain while chewing or eating
- unexplained bad breath
- unexplained foul taste in the mouth
- a visible spot or hole on the tooth
What can I expect from a root canal treatment?
Root canals last about an hour and occur right in your dentist’s office. The procedure requires a local anesthetic which numbs the mouth prior to the procedure. With the mouth numbed, your dentist will create a small hole on the crown of the tooth through which they will remove the inner contents of the tooth, including blood vessels, tissues, and nerves. With the nerves severed, the tooth can no longer feel pain, meaning this process cures a toothache. After the tooth is clean and free from decay, your dentist fills it in with a composite resin material and, in most cases, places a crown over the tooth to ensure it is thoroughly protected from daily use.
Root Canal Therapy in Bedford, MA
For more information on root canal therapy or how it can benefit you, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin, and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA. Call (781) 275-7707 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
You know something's wrong with your tooth. It throbs with pain. The surrounding gums are red and sore, and you taste some nasty drainage coming from the site. You need to see your dentist at Great Meadows Dental Group, but must you have that sick tooth extracted? Only Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin or Dr. Jessica Ristuccia in Bedford, MA, can tell you for sure. It's possible that root canal therapy--also called endodontics--could save your teeth for many years of additional service.
What is root canal therapy?
Most people call it a "root canal," named for the up to 4 pulp-filled chambers deep inside your tooth. When a tooth is damaged due to infection, accident or decay, a root canal in Bedford extracts the pulp, fills the canals and preserves the remaining healthy structure. Fortunately, the adult tooth can function well without the connective tissue, nerves and blood supply present in the pulp.
Performed by dentists all over the world for generations, root canal therapy has a truly unmerited reputation for being lengthy and painful. However, the 15 million people who receive endodontic therapy in the US annually could testify to the contrary. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canal therapy is comfortable and takes only 2 visits to your dentist at Great Meadows Dental Group.
Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Kharin or Dr. Ristuccia confirms the need for root canal treatment with oral examination and digital X-rays. The procedure itself involves:
- Removing the diseased pulp
- Instilling antiseptic and antibiotic medication
- Filling the canals with biocompatible gutta-percha to seal and protect it
- Placing a temporary restoration until the tooth heals and a porcelain crown can be placed over it
Caring for the tooth
Root canal therapy generally needs no more than local anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable. After care involves a soft diet for a few days with over the counter analgesics as needed.
When the patient returns to Great Meadows Dental Group, the dentist removes the temporary crown and places a custom-made and lifelike porcelain crown to finish the restoration. Routine flossing, brushing and in-office care at Great Meadows Dental Group can keep the restored tooth in place and functional for years to come.
Keeping your teeth
Why is retaining your natural teeth important? Frankly, tooth loss compromises oral function, speech and smile aesthetics. Additionally, jaw bone and gums recede around an empty tooth socket, and the gap compromises the strength, position and stability of adjacent teeth. So the professional staff at Great Meadows Dental Group recommend root canal therapy, tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns to preserve as many natural teeth as possible.
If you are experiencing dental pain...
The sooner your dentist sees, diagnosis and treats your sick tooth, the better your chances are to preserve it. Contact Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, when in pain, and see us semi-annually for your routine check-up and cleaning. Call (781) 275-7707 for an appointment.
Are you concerned that a root canal may be in your future? Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia, your Bedford, MA dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group, explain why you may need a root canal and how the procedure can help protect your smile.
Why do I need a root canal?
Root canals are performed when the pulp at the center of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. If the pulp isn't removed during a root canal procedure, the only other option is an extraction of the tooth. Losing a tooth unnecessarily is a bad idea for several reasons. Chewing is more difficult when you lose a tooth, particularly if it's a molar. Losing a tooth can also lead to jawbone weakening because your tooth roots no longer provide the stimulation the bone needs to stay strong. Tooth loss doesn't just affect one tooth, but can change your entire smile if your teeth start to shift.
If you have an abscess, an infection at the center of your tooth, a root canal will protect your oral and general health. The bacteria in the infection can travel to other parts of your body via your bloodstream. If it reaches your heart or brain, it could trigger a heart attack or stroke. Root canal treatment and antibiotics will help you avoid these serious health problems. An abscess is a dental emergency and requires prompt treatment.
How will I know if I need a root canal in Bedford?
Signs and symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal include:
- Pain: Pain in the tooth may worsen when you eat or put pressure on the tooth. Pain may be constant or intermittent and can be severe if you develop an infection in the tooth.
- Gum Changes: Swollen, inflamed gums may be a sign that you need a root canal. If you have an abscess, you may notice a small pimple-like bump on the gum next to the tooth.
- Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages may occur if you need a root canal.
- Fever, Swollen Lymph Nodes and Facial Swelling: These symptoms typically occur if you have an abscess.
Tooth-saving root canals can safeguard your smile. If you're concerned about a tooth, call Drs. Papapetros, Kharin and Ristuccia, your Bedford, MA dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group, at (781) 275-7707 to schedule an appointment.