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.
May 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedure

Everything You Need To Know About Root Canal Therapy

The majority of people associate negative thoughts with the mention of a root canal.  But what many people fail to note is that root canal therapy performed at our experienced family dentistry in Weymouth can actually save your diseased tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. 
The more educated you are about root canal therapy and the benefits it offers, the less apprehension you will feel about the procedure in the future. And, the earlier you identify an infected tooth, the less extensive treatment you will need. Discussing your fears with our office about root canal therapy in Weymouth to reduce anxiety about this procedure should be the first step to any treatment plan. Root Canal Treatment

What Exactly is A Root Canal?

Located inside each tooth is the pulp- soft tissue that contains the blood supply and nerves by which the tooth receives its nutrients. This tissue is especially vulnerable to damage from dental decay, tooth fracture, or trauma, and if the tooth becomes diseased or injured, bacteria may build up inside the pulp.  As bacteria accumulate, infection can spread from the natural crown of the tooth to the root tips, resulting in pain, sensitivity and discoloring of the tooth. 
In order to save the diseased tooth, you will want to visit our Weymouth, MA family dentistry office immediately.  Root canal therapy—a highly effective treatment with a very high rate of success—will most likely be administered.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy 

Root canal therapy is performed by our dentist to repair or save the infected or badly decayed tooth, and can usually be completed in one to three visits.  The procedure may vary depending on the condition of the tooth and severity of infection. 
In brief, root canal therapy involves removing the diseased pulp tissue, cleansing and disinfecting the inner chamber of bacteria, and then filling or sealing the remaining tooth with a filling or crown. Most patients who have had root canal therapy experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original with proper care and nourishment. Because your repaired tooth will be prone to further infection, routine check ups to your dentist will be necessary to monitor its progress and condition.

Detecting An Infected Tooth

Identifying a diseased tooth early can increase your chances of saving and fully recovering the tooth.  Look for the following signs and symptoms to signify an infected pulp:
  • A broken tooth
  • A discolored tooth, with or without pain
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat
  • Swelling around the effected tooth
  • Tenderness to touch and chewing
When a tooth is severely infected or decayed, root canal therapy is usually the only option for saving the tooth.  Talk with our family dentistry in Weymouth about any fears or doubts you have about the root canal therapy. This can ease any apprehension before the procedure is preformed.  Root canal therapy doesn’t have to be scary if you know what to expect. Plus, once it’s completed, your restored tooth will no longer cause you pain and can last a lifetime with proper care.