Root Canals in Worcester, MA
Root canal therapy can play an important role in maintaining your natural smile and avoiding the more complex issues associated with tooth loss. Worcester dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier will support the decision to save a natural tooth through root canal therapy whenever possible.
What is a root canal?
A root canal procedure is a dental treatment performed because a tooth root has become inflamed or infected. The procedure involves the removal of bacteria found in the tooth root canals, followed by sealing the tooth to prevent the reentry of bacteria. Although most patients cringe at the thought of a root canal, it is often no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.
Our dentists and staff will ensure your comfort during the procedure, using a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. For most patients, the removal of the infected area of the tooth brings relief from the tooth pain they may have been experiencing.
The procedure is typically completed during a single visit to Russell Street Dental Associates. A root canal involves removing the diseased tissue inside of the tooth called “pulp”, cleaning it out and filling it with a biocompatible material. The tooth is then resealed to prevent future infection and in many cases restored with a dental crown.
Should I be concerned about the possibility of an infection after my root canal?
Your dentist or endodontist will carefully monitor you for signs of any recurring infection in your tooth. Some signs of infection include:
- Severe pain lasting more than a few days
- Swelling visible inside or outside your mouth
- The return of your original symptoms
Why Do My Teeth Hurt?
Do you have teeth that feel sensitive or ache? Dental discomfort can actually be a warning sign of a serious problem. When you ignore these aches, you can allow a problem to progress and eventually endanger the stability of a tooth. We can recommend a number of treatment options to address discomfort and restore your tooth to full function and health.
Possible Causes of Dental Discomfort
Tooth decay: A cavity can form when bacteria reach the dentin, a sensitive layer of tooth structure below the enamel. An injury or poor oral hygiene can cause this to occur. We can treat tooth decay with a dental filling. Made from a lifelike and metal-free composite resin, the filling repairs the tooth in a single visit.
Bruxism: When you grind your teeth or clench your jaw on a regular basis, this is referred to as bruxism. Without treatment, bruxism can lead to other complications, such as TMJ disorder, or damage the teeth. Damaged teeth have a higher risk of developing decay and infection. The doctor can prevent further damage with an oral appliance, which places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. The appliance can also ease strain on the jaw joints.
Cracked/chipped teeth: If you crack or chip a tooth then you require immediate treatment, otherwise the tooth runs the risk of developing infection or decay. We can repair minor chips with dental bonding, and more severe cracks or breaks with a lifelike dental crown.
Infection: If an infection develops then your tooth will require a root canal to remove the infected tissue. The tooth is then filled with a restorative material and topped with a natural-looking dental crown.
Schedule a dental exam today. If you have any questions about our restorative dental treatments, please contact Russell Street Dental Associates at (508) 687-6579 or fill out our online request form today.
Root Canal FAQs
Why do I need root canal therapy?
If an infection is present deep inside your tooth, the pain and pressure should be enough for you to want a root canal. When living pulp (nerves and blood vessels) become infected, it must be treated. If it is not treated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body causing even more problems.
Are root canals painful?
A root canal procedure does seem to have a bad reputation for being extremely painful. However, the pain people experience is associated with the infection itself, not the procedure. An infection inside a tooth can be extremely painful because it causes inflammation and swelling. Once the root canal procedure is completed, most people feel a sense of relief.
What is the alternative to a root canal?
An infection inside a tooth will not just go away. The alternative are to live with the pain and risk the infection spreading or have the tooth pulled. However, the best thing for your oral health is to preserve the natural tooth at all costs. If the tooth is pulled, you will have to deal with your teeth shifting, bone loss, difficulties eating and more. The best course of action is to undergo root canal therapy and have a dental crown placed on the tooth.