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By Advanced Dental Concepts
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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Root canals happen more often than you might realize; unfortunately, they come with a pretty bad stigma. Our Andover, MA, dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood is here to tell you that getting a root canal is really no more invasive or difficult than getting a dental filling. So, sit back, relax and learn more about getting a root canal and why they are important.

What is a root canal?

This sole purpose of this dental procedure is to save a tooth that has developed an infection. A dental infection that goes ignored or undetected can wreak serious havoc on not just the health of your teeth but also your jawbone. Contrary to what you might think, the goal of root canal treatment is not to cause pain. In fact, most people who need a root canal are in considerable pain. A root canal can get rid of that source of pain and preserve the infected tooth.

What happens during root canal treatment?

During the procedure, we will apply a local anesthesia to the gums near the infected tooth so that you don’t feel anything during your treatment (this can be a welcomed relief for someone who has been dealing with a terrible toothache). The next step is to remove the infected dental pulp.

Once the pulp and the bacteria have been removed from the inside of the tooth and the canals, our Andover, MA, general dentist will need to apply a special material inside the tooth to fill it. By filling the canals we also prevent bacteria from reentering. Once the inside of the tooth has been filled we may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to provide additional protection and to restore function and strength back into the tooth.

What are the signs that I might need a root canal?

It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone experiences warning signs that they need a root canal, which is why you should continue to come in twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. Of course, you need to pick up the phone and call us if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • A toothache
  • Sudden or lingering tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth darkening
  • Swollen, tender or inflamed gums around the infected tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on the gums (known as an abscess)

Have questions about root canal treatments? Dealing with a nagging toothache? Whatever the situation might be, the dental team here at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, is ready to help.