Overview of Root Canal Therapy
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 (pulp) 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 internal portion, 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).
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 can spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment at Western Mass Endo right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Fast, friendly, and great work as I needed an emergency root canal completed! Very professional and 100% satisfied with the work! Thank you..."- S.P. / Google / Sep 29, 2022
"First time to their office. Had a root canal done. Dr Shapiro and staff were great during the entire procedure."- E.H. / Google / Oct 11, 2022
"My first root canal on my bottom molar. Dr. H. Randolph Scott was my endodontist at the Greenfield office. This happened 24 hours ago and I have miminal soreness. I can only say that the experience was one that inspired confidence. Easy check-in, clear information on cost, short wait getting to the chair, and perfection once there. The dental assistant was personable and great with information. I wish I remembered her name. She clearly was highly experienced. The endodonist got started soon after I was prepped and also had a wonderful and caring personality. If you have a question, they will have the answer. Once underway I believe it took about one hour. Pain management was fantastic and there was little if any discomfort. They ensure you are fully numb. Lots of x-rays throught the process to ensure that all is completed properly. Excellent guidance at the end and more opportunity for questions. Today, I am doing well and I expect by tomorrow I might not even know that I went through a root canal. You will be sore afterwards (after numbness is gone - about 4 hours) and your jaw will be a bit stiff due to having your mouth open wide for quite some time. I hope I never need to do this again, but if I do, I will seek out Dr. Scott. Knowing what I know now, I will be far less stressed going into the procedure. Of course, the terrible pain I was in prior to the root canal is gone so I consider this as mission accomplished and a complete success. All thanks to WesternMass Endodonics."- S.M. / Google / Nov 16, 2022
"The office is beautiful the staff is friendly and caring Dr McIntosh is very professional caring friendly I would recommend Dr McIntosh for root canals he's awesome!"- T.B. / Google / Dec 07, 2022
"Went in with tooth pain that needed a root canal. After a quick exam, they got me sorted right away. Was totally painless and nothing like you would expect. I was in and out in like 40 minutes and my tooth felt great afterward. Great staff and as great an experience as one could have to get your tooth drilled."- N.L. / Google / Dec 05, 2022
The Root Canal Process
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 any remaining debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Recovering From a Root Canal
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 visit with your general dentist to have a dental restoration placed following your root canal treatment. You should also schedule a follow-up visit six months later with our endodontists to check the healing of your treated tooth. 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.
Covering Treatment Cost
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.