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Save your natural teeth with the help of a root canal.
Did you know that teeth have the ability to die? It might sound crazy but it’s true. Inside the tooth is a structure made from connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. This structure is known as a dental pulp and it’s the “feeling” part of the tooth. Unfortunately, everything from physical trauma to severe decay can cause the pulp to die. When this happens, our Randolph, MA, dentists, Dr. Eyad Salloum, Dr. Erin Walsh, and Dr. Matthew Devine, will swoop in to perform a root canal and save the tooth.
What is involved in a root canal?
A root canal won’t just remove the infected pulp, but it will also preserve what’s left of the tooth so that you don’t need a tooth extraction. Furthermore, infected dental pulp can also cause a severe toothache—root canal therapy will remove the source of the pain and provide you with amazing and long-term relief.
There are several steps involved in this minor procedure. Here’s what to expect when you receive a root canal from our Randolph, MA, dentists:
- The area around the tooth will be numbed with local anesthesia
- A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to remove the pulp
- Once the pulp is removed, we will disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals
- The canals and chamber are filled with a special material to support the tooth
- A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth
Once your permanent dental crown has been made, you will come back into the office so that we can replace the temporary crown with its counterpart. Once this new crown is placed, the root canal treatment process is complete!
Concerned? Give us a call
Whether you are experiencing a toothache or you are looking for a dentist in Randolph, MA, who can provide every member of your family with comprehensive dental care, don’t hesitate to turn to the smile experts at Randolph Family Dentistry. Call us today at (781) 963-0860.
As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."
The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"
Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.
Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.
Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.
Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!
If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”