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.
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: root canal  

Would you like to save a tooth that seems infected? To do just that, Dr. Harry Tatoian performs root canal therapy in his Weymouth office. Precise and almost as easy as a routine filling, a root canal treatment makes a failing tooth strong and healthy again. Read here about the many benefits of what dentists call endodontics!

Symptoms of a failing tooth

You know a tooth is in trouble if it:

  • Throbs
  • Has a large crack or chip
  • Has multiple fillings
  • Is surrounded by reddened, swollen gum tissue
  • Is deeply discolored

These signs of infection may be accompanied by drainage, bad breath, and/or a pimple on the gums. When abscesses advance, the infection may spread from the interior pulp through the tips of the roots and into the supporting gum and bone tissue. While extraction is sometimes necessary, many teeth may be salvaged and strengthened by root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy in Weymouth is an in-office restorative treatment that accesses a tooth's interior canals, removes damaged soft pulp, and, finally, disinfects and seals the tooth. After a thorough examination involving X-rays and a review of patient symptoms, Dr. Tatoiam may recommend endodontic treatment rather than extraction. This avoids the smile gaps, impaired oral function, and the recession of gum and bone which happens after tooth loss.

Usually accomplished with the benefit of locally injected anesthetic, a root canal takes two appointments separated by some healing time in between. The first appointment leaves the root canals cleaned, medicated, and sealed with elastic gutta-percha. This appointment also involves the dentist protecting the tooth with a temporary crown or filling. At the next appointment (in a week or so), Dr. Tatoian removes the temporary restoration and places a beautiful crown over the tooth.

Benefits of root canal therapy

The perks of a root canal include:

  1. Keeping your natural tooth
  2. Possessing a strong, gap-free smile
  3. Healing all infection
  4. Covering surface defects
  5. Relieving pain, swelling, and other discomforts.

In other words, your tooth will be strong, healthy, and intact for, quite possibly, the rest of your life according to the American Association of Endodontists. Just brush and floss your restored tooth twice a day while maintaining your regiment of regular six-month exams and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Tatoian.

Don't wait

The sooner Dr. Tatoian sees a symptomatic tooth, the better the chances are that your root canal treatment will work. Please call our office at (781) 337-8700 for an appointment!