When you think “root canal” you may picture a procedure that involves work on the inside of your teeth. That’s half correct! A root canal is both a treatment and the name of the area that’s receiving treatment. In the latter case, a root canal is the chamber inside your teeth that holds the dental pulp—nerves, blood vessels, and other living tissues that give teeth sensation. When a cavity reaches this pulp and the area becomes infected, you may experience serious pain. More complex than filling a cavity, the root canal procedure enables us to clean and fill the interior of your teeth to prevent the infection from spreading and avoid having to do tooth extractions. Our in-house multispecialty team includes general dentists, periodontists, and a board-certified endodontist—a specialist who addresses conditions of the dental pulp through root canals in Chestnut Hill, MA. You’re in the best of hands when you come to us with root canal-related tooth pain! Don’t hesitate to take the next step toward relief.
During a consultation at our Chestnut Hill, MA office we’ll assess the health of your teeth through imaging and a manual examination. Here at Hammond Pond Dental Group, we take a different approach to patient consultations. While most practices have you meet with a single doctor, we do group consultations including our board-certified endodontist and other doctors from our team. This enables you to get all the information you need to make the best decisions about your care. If we determine a root canal procedure is needed for your treatment plan, we’ll schedule it for your next visit.
Dr. Rachele Luciano explains the benefits of using a microscope for root canal treatments
Step 3: Receive Root Canal Treatment
After numbing the area, we access the pulp chamber of the affected teeth by making an opening in the crown. We then remove the infected pulp and all other living tissue from inside before disinfecting, widening, and reshaping the root canals. Next, we medicate the infected area before filling the empty root canals with a specially made dental material called gutta-percha. We may also insert a post to help stabilize the tooth. Finally, we top it off with a dental crown. This strengthens the tooth so that you can enjoy life without tooth pain again once the site has fully healed.
Don’t lose infected teeth! Let us restore them from the inside out.