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Posts for tag: Root Canals

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.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

At Advanced Dental, we believe that our Andover patients should understand the importance of when to have a root canal and how it is done. Most of our patients come to us with the worry that root canals are one of the most painful dental procedures, and that is absolutely false. A root canal is used to treat your pain, and by knowing the facts involved with the process may help to calm your nerves before the procedure.

Treatment for a root canal is used to address a serious problem, which involves the pulp of the tooth that has become infected. The tooth pulp is a system of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues that are inside the tooth and it helps the tooth maintain its audacity. It also contains the root canal, which is a series of minute passageways that interconnect with your body's nervous system.

The tooth pulp can become infected by:

    Tooth Decay
    Gum Disease
    Traumatic Tooth Damage
    Repetitive Dental Procedures

If the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged, it must be completely removed from the tooth and the root canals are then filled and sealed so the tooth can be saved.

The Procedure

Understanding the procedure before you go in for your visit is highly recommended. The procedure begins by the dentist numbing the affected tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia. A "dental dam" will be placed over the root canal area to isolate the tooth and to prevent the risk of spreading infection to other oral tissues. Our dentist will then drill a small hole in the top of the tooth in order to get to the pulp chamber by using special instruments to remove the infected or dead pulp tissue through the access hole. The pulp chamber and root canal will then be washed and cleansed with an antiseptic and antibacterial solution.

The root canal and pulp chamber will then be filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha that is specifically designed of the root canal treatment. The access point will then be sealed with a temporary filling until a permanent crown can be molded and put in place. Patients may experience some mild discomfort after the procedure, but can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medicine.

Now that you know the procedure of the root canal, you can alleviate those nerves and rest assured that it's easy and very successful for eliminating your tooth pain. If you would like to learn more information about root canal treatment, call our office today. Also do not hesitate to call if you have a tooth that is causing you pain, we are here to help!