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By Advanced Dental Concepts
August 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canals not only end pain but also help you avoid tooth loss. During a root canal, your dentist will remove your pulp, clean and shape the interior of your tooth, and restore it with a rubber-based filling material.

You should visit your Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, if you notice any of these signs and symptoms:

Your tooth hurts A cavity isn't the only cause of a toothache. Your tooth may also hurt if the soft pulp at the center of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Pain due to an inflammation or infection can be severe and throbbing when you need a root canal, but that's not always the case. At first, the pain may be mild or might come and go. As the inflammation or infection worsens, you will notice more intense or continual pain.

You have sore gums The inflammation or infection deep inside your tooth may also cause the gums surrounding the tooth to become inflamed. Your gums may be red, tender, and swollen if you need a root canal.

Eating has become unpleasant Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of an infected or inflamed tooth. Every time you eat or drink a hot, cold, or sugary food or beverage, your pain may get worse. Pain may even last as long as 30 minutes after you finish your meal or drink.

You've had multiple dental procedures Your root canal risk can increase if you've had more than one dental procedure on the same tooth.

Your tooth doesn't look the same Darkening of your tooth could be due to an inflammation or infection. Be sure to get in touch with your dentist at the Andover, MA, dental office to schedule an appointment if you notice a change in tooth color.

You're in pain and don't feel so great You'll need a root canal if you have a bacterial infection called an abscess. Without emergency treatment, the infection could spread throughout your body. Symptoms of an abscess may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, tooth pain, pus, a bump on the gums, or facial swelling.

Protect your smile with a root canal! Call your dentist in Andover, MA, Dr. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, at (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.

After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.

More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.

Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.

Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.

Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.

A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.

Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.

If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

You have an awful toothache, and your gums are sore. These signs and more could indicate the need for root canal treatment from Root_CanalAdvanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA. Dr. Richard Hopgood has years of experience restoring failing teeth, and root canal therapy is one of the services he offers. Learn more here about how you can keep your tooth through root canal treatment.

What is root canal therapy?

It's one of the most common restorative dental treatments, having a long record of reliability in preserving teeth compromised by injury, decay, infection or other oral health problem. Performed by your dentist in Andover, root canal treatment is comfortable, no more complex than getting a large filling or crown and best of all, spares you from a dental extraction.

During a root canal treatment, Dr. Hopgood accesses the interior pulp chambers which run down each tooth root. He uses small files to remove diseased nerve, connective and vascular tissue. He reshapes the canal walls and adds antibiotic medication as needed.

Then, the tooth is sealed with rubbery gutta-percha and restored with a temporary filling or crown. Over 10 days to two weeks the tooth heals, and upon returning to the dental office, you receive a new, customized crown to complete the treatment.

What are the signs you may need a root canal?

Pain is a typical sign, often indicating decay, infection or inflammation from bacteria entering the tooth via a crack. A pimple on the gums, bad breath which does not resolve and persistent dental and gum sensitivity indicate that your dentist should intervene with a root canal procedure. Sometimes, teeth which need this type of restoration are asymptomatic; so routine cleanings and check-ups at Advanced Dental Concepts can keep your teeth and gums healthy or uncover problems which otherwise would go unnoticed at home.

Is a root canal a good procedure?

Yes, it is. Teeth restored with root canal therapy typically last for many years, says the American Dental Association. Plus, if you're nervous about dental work, Dr. Hopgood offers nitrous oxide, which relaxes you during your root canal treatment.

Concerned about the health of a tooth?

Please contact our office at (978) 475-2431. We'll get you in for an examination and see if your tooth needs a root canal or other restoration. Dr. Hopgood and his team at Advanced Dental Concepts want you and your smile to look and feel great.

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.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The two words that many dental patients dread hearing are “root canal.” It is the source of a lot of dental anxiety because people fear the dental drill. However, thanks to advancements in the field of dentistry, root canals are nothing to fear. In fact, they can play a huge role in root canalassuring the long term health of your smile. Educate yourself about root canal therapy so that you’ll be more confident at your next visit to Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

Statistics on Root Canals
Did you know that over 40,000 root canals are performed every day? So if you’ve been told that you may need this treatment, you definitely aren’t alone. 15 percent of people don’t get help because of fears based on myths. Yet, 89 percent of dental patients who have had a root canal report that they are satisfied with the procedure according to the American Association of Endodontists. When a tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled and protected, it has a very good chance of healing and getting stronger.

Nothing to Fear
When you have your root canal procedure done at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, you don’t have anything to fear. Your dentist will provide you with gentle, attentive care. A root canal will not cause pain—its purpose is to relieve the pain that you may already be experiencing.

The Process of Getting a Root Canal
Maybe it will ease your mind to know what your dentist will do during your root canal treatment. The goal is to remove bad tissue and replace it with material that will protect and guard your teeth from future problems. The pain you may be experiencing is caused by the bad tissue, so once it’s removed you will finally get some relief. After the tooth is disinfected, it will be filled with a substance called gutta-percha and restored with a permanent crown at your next appointment. In some cases, the entire procedure will take as little as a half an hour.

Take the First Step
If you’ve been putting off a dental appointment because of the fear of a root canal, relax and call Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MI today at (978) 475-2431.