General & Family Dentistry - Weymouth
Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
908 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02189
(781) 337-8700
By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
February 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: root canal  

Tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can be signs of infection and inflammation in teeth roots. If the infection isn't treated, your pain may increase and you might even lose the tooth. Root canals treat the source of the infection and eliminate pain. Dr. root canalHarry E. Tatoian, Jr. offers root canal therapy in Weymouth, MA, and explains how the root canal process works.

What happens when I need a root canal?

Your teeth contain small passageways, called root canals, that extend from the area under the top of your tooth all the way to the bottom of the tooth's roots. Depending on the tooth, you may have one to four canals. Problems start when the pulp at the center of your tooth becomes inflected and inflamed. The pulp contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. As the infection worsens, it affects the canals.

What causes the problem?

Infection and inflammation of the pulp occurs for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Trauma (such as a blow to your mouth)
  • Chips or cracks in teeth
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Many dental procedures on the tooth
  • Faulty crowns

What happens during a root canal?

During the root canal, your Weymouth dentist removes the infected and inflamed pulp, cleans and disinfects the area using tiny files, and adds medication to prevent infection. He then shapes the canals in preparation for filling them. During your first visit, you'll receive a temporary filling. A permanent filling, made with a flexible elastic material, will be added during your next appointment. Your dentist may also place a tiny post inside your tooth. The post will help support the crown you'll receive at the end of root canal therapy.Therapy is usually completed in one to three visits.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Your dentist injects your mouth with local anesthetic before starting the root canal to ensure that you don't feel a thing during treatment. If you feel nervous about the procedure, your Weymouth dentist may be able to offer you sedation medication, which will help you relax during the procedure.

When does my pain go away?

You'll probably experience a little pain after root canal therapy, but it will gradually diminish in the days after treatment, and you'll soon be pain-free.

Concerned about a painful tooth and think root canal therapy may be the solution to your problem? Call your Weymouth. MA dentist, Dr. Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., at (781) 337-8700) and schedule an appointment today.