General & Family Dentistry - Weymouth
Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
908 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02189
(781) 337-8700

Posts for: July, 2018

By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalFew dentistry treatments strike more fear and panic than a root canal. The most common myth about root canal therapy is that it is an extremely painful and traumatic procedure, but the fact is that it actually does not feel all that different from getting a dental filling in terms of pain and discomfort. Dr. Harry Tatoian, a general dentist in Weymouth, MA, offers a range of cosmetic and family dentistry services including root canal therapy to save a badly decayed or damaged tooth.

General Dentistry in Weymouth, MA

Bacteria buildup typically develops between the teeth and gums, which can lead to cavities and gum disease when left untreated. But in some cases, bacteria gets inside of a tooth and into the pulp, the soft tissue and nerves inside each tooth. An infection and inflammation of the pulp tissue is treated with a root canal, which is also known as endodontic treatment.

How a Root Canal Procedure Works

One of the most common signs that you may need a root canal is pain, throbbing, and signs of an infection on the gums around the damaged tooth. Ongoing tooth pain is generally considered a dental emergency and should be evaluated as soon as possible. If the dentist determines that a root canal is necessary, the procedure is fairly straightforward. First, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area, so while you may feel mild pressure as the dentist works, most root canal patients report experiencing little to no significant pain. A small hole is drilled in the tooth, and the dentist will remove the nerve and any damaged tissue before cleaning out and sealing the tooth. Not only does a root canal actually eliminate the pain of an infected or inflamed tooth, it can also save the tooth from extraction in many cases.

Find a General Dentist in Weymouth, MA

For more information about root canal therapy and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact our office by calling (781) 337-8700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tatoian today.