If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Western Mass Endo, removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Our team of endodontic specialists may recommend a root canal to area individuals because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a larger issue).
If you believe you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are common dental treatments, patients often avoid treatment to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. The team at Western Mass Endo puts forth their best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable, but we provide a number of sedation options for any fear and anxiety. Call Western Mass Endo to set up a consult with a member of our team for more information on sedation dentistry and root canals.
Infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity or deep crack in the tooth or a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment at Western Mass Endo right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties and reservations about obtaining dental work, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, we will discuss your anesthetic/sedation options with you. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Our endodontic specialists are very sympathetic about dental fears and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, a member of our team will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate remaining debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be quelled with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up about six months post-procedure. A member of our team will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule regular dental checkups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to optimize your oral health.
At your consultation, our staff will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will call your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Western Mass Endo takes several payment methods and may be able to assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Western Mass Endo can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our staff to set up a consult with one of our endodontic specialists to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.