Root Canal Therapy Western MA

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.

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. 

Outstanding Care I was seen for an emergency root canal in pain that was off the charts. The front office was kind and explained everything very clearly regarding my procedure and insurance. Dr. Shapiro and his assistant were compassionate, patient and professional. This team made my dental emergency so much more tolerable. A huge thank you to all!

J.L. Google

I walked into the office terrified that I would lose my tooth. Dr. Shapiro had X-rays taken and performed some tests needed to find out the reason for my pain. He then stated I would need a root canal and performed it right then and there. Thank you so much for fitting me in as an emergency.

S.L. Google

I was referred here by my dentist for a root canal. Dr. Shapiro made the experience painless and over in 40 minutes. He explained what to expect before, during and after. Highly recommend WME

J.W. Google

It was a very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. Everyone I had the pleasure of interacting with was helpful and knowledgeable. My root canal was as lovely as a root canal can be. 😉

H.G. Google

I had an exceptional experience with Dr. Shapiro and his team. Despite my anxiety and the short notice, he was able to perform a root canal within an hour of my call. Dr. Shapiro and his staff were incredibly kind and compassionate, making me feel heard and understood. The office atmosphere is welcoming and professional. I’m so grateful for the referral and couldn’t be happier with the care I received. Highly recommend!

K.T. Google


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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.

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