Painless and fast, non-surgical root canal therapy preserves natural teeth

Root Canal
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

For these and other reasons, our doctors make every effort to preserve the natural teeth that you need for your health and wellbeing. We use highly accurate and detailed diagnostics and precision techniques that support successful treatment, as well as a comfortable experience. We also partner with specialists as needed. 

Since root canal treatment is associated with lots of misconceptions, we’ve cleared up a few things for you: 

  • Root canal treatment is not a surgical procedure. It is an alternative to endodontic surgical procedures that treat the innermost portions of the teeth. 
  • This therapy may be referred to as a “deep cleaning” for the inside of your tooth. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? 
  • As indicated, treatment is a little more extensive than other commonplace dental procedures. The process of resolving inflammation and infection at the center of the tooth can be completed in a single visit.
  • The procedure involves accessing the inside of the tooth and removing damaged tissues. The root canals themselves are then sterilized, reshaped, and sealed off to prevent reinfection. The second visit involves restoring the tooth with a dental crown. 
  • Treatment is well-tolerated with a precise anesthetic to numb the site. 
  • Patients express immediate relief from painful pressure and discomfort. 
  • Root canal therapy is the only way to preserve a badly decayed or otherwise severely damaged tooth.

If you, as our patient, are still apprehensive about treatment, we can discuss options to maintain utmost relaxation and comfort during the process. These options include sedative methods like nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide is safe, appropriate even for pediatric patients. It takes effect quickly, and drowsiness wears off just as fast. So, you don’t have to worry about arranging transportation to and from our office. 

When faced with very damaged teeth, patients should embracenot fear – the root canal therapy process. If you are concerned about a tooth, do not delay contacting us at (978) 881-5826. Our team, which proudly serves the Littleton, West Concord, Concord, Maynard, Westford, Boxborough, Stow, Harvard, and Sudbury area, may be able to save your tooth with root canal treatment or a range of other restorative options