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
"Exceptional job fixing a damaged tooth. The office was able to squeeze in my root canal before my vacation, with no hesitation. The staff was welcoming professional and clearly very good at what they do. Office is beautiful, bright and stocked with modern equipment. I have had two root canals in the past from a hockey injury, so was concerned about the amount of pain I might have to stick out. That said, Dr. Shapiro and his team made me feel completely comfortable and confident in the process from the second I was in the chair. I felt nothing. If I ever have to get work done like this in the future I will absolutely be back. The team at Western Mass Endo is as refined as they come. I can’t thank them enough. If you need a root canal, these are your people. -Tim"- T.N. / Google / Mar 02, 2023
"I was very impressed with Dr Shapiro who performed a root canal today. He took the time to explain the entire procedure while performing the procedure. I would give him an A+"- M.K. / Google / Mar 15, 2023
"Dr. Scott is and the staff are wonderful! I have a lot of anxiety around dental work because I've had so much done in my childhood and Dr. Scott listened to my concerns. I expressed my fears of the sensation of drowning (he assured me I'm not the only one) and he put a 'rubber band' (his term) around my tooth which blocked any spray from entering my mouth. The 'rubber band' worked SO well! I was able to breath easily and I could manage my anxiety and breath through my nose without the fear of drowning. I had a root canal done on a previous root canal (not done by WME) with an infection that had been building for close to 7 years. The whole process took under 30 minutes; I was SO surprised when he told me I had 5-10 minutes left. I highly recommend WME; they will settle your fears, they make sure you don't feel any pain, and treat you with respect. Thank you to Dr. Scott and the team!"- C.T. / Google / Mar 17, 2023
"I got right in for an emergency visit even though I had never been there before. The entire staff was extremely welcoming and very helpful. Dr. Shapiro was amazing. He did my emergency root canal so quickly and I did not feel a thing. My whole experience was a 10 out of 10."- D.C. / Google / Apr 01, 2023
"Dr. Schapiro was amazing! I have really bad dental anxiety and this was my first root canal ever but he made the process quick, painless and comfortable! He followed up with me the next morning to check in. I definitely recommend their office!"- K.C. / Google / Apr 01, 2023
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.