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

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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!

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.

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.

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.