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By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Find out why root canals are sometimes necessary for the health of your smile.


No one likes the idea of getting a root canal, but either due to decay or from an accident sometimes this procedure is necessary to preserve the health of your smile. Here is why our Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood, believes that a root canal treatment could be the difference between needing a tooth extraction and having your own tooth for the rest of your life.

We understand that hearing the words root canal can instill fear in some people, but when the expert and caring hands of our Andover, MA dentist performs your root canal, you know that you will get a dental treatment that is effective and painless. Before a root canal even takes place the first step is to numb the area that we are about to treat. This can be an instant relief for anyone who is already experiencing considerable pain or sensitivity in the affected tooth.

Why is a root canal performed?

A root canal is often the best treatment for saving a tooth that would otherwise die or need to be extracted if not treated. While some people are under the assumption that an infected tooth would be better removed, having a tooth extraction can cause far more complications for your smile. Root canals are highly successful and can potentially let you keep your natural tooth for life. If you are dealing with a tooth that is damaged by decay, injury or infection, we may recommend that you get a root canal treatment.

Common signs that it’s time to come into our office for an emergency visit include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums
  • An abscess on the gums surrounding the infected tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s time you turned to Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA for help. You may or may not need a root canal, but a toothache is a warning sign that something just isn’t right and shouldn’t be ignored. If you are dealing with any new symptoms, be sure to let us know when you give us a call.