If you’ve been skipping thorough brushing and flossing, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself struggling with cavities and toothaches.
When faced with the searing pain of a toothache, especially one that worsens in the middle of the night, you might be extremely tempted to extract the little yet lethal offender and be done once and for all. Unfortunately, extraction is only a short-term measure, as you’ll have to find a replacement for the lost tooth.
Root canals in Weymouth, MA allow you to fix the problem you have while also keeping your tooth. Root canals, or endodontic treatment, refers to a dental procedure whereby a dentist removes the diseased pulp from inside your tooth root canals, and then seals the tooth using dental material.
Our endodontist in Weymouth, MA will begin by carefully examining your affected tooth, including taking dental x-rays for in-depth insights. Armed with information about the real state of your tooth, our dentist near you will administer local anesthesia to numb your tooth and surrounding areas. Some patients may require sedation dentistry to relax during this procedure. Do let us know if you think you need sedation. We’ll be happy to oblige.
The second step involves cleaning out the diseased pulp and removing all signs of infection and decay. Our dentist will then disinfect the tooth before sealing it with gutta-percha material to prevent re-infection. If your tooth is significantly decayed, you will need a dental crown to protect your tooth.
Endodontic treatment effectively renders a tooth dead. That is, your tooth will no longer be sensitive to heat, cold, or other sensations. However, your tooth will still be functional in that you can bite, chew, and smile as you would with any other tooth.
You must continue to practice proper dental hygiene after a root canal, as inadequate brushing and flossing can cause decay to your treated tooth as well as affect the adjacent teeth.
If you’re searching for a reputable dental practice that offers root canals near you, reach out to Weymouth Dental Associates today.