When detected soon enough, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay moves past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Western Mass Endo in western MA removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Our skilled team of board-certified endodontic specialists recommends a root canal to area men and women because it not only treats the infected tooth, it also prevents the decay from extending to other teeth (which creates additional issues).
If you think you need to have a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about undergoing the procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people shy away from going to see a dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Our team tries very hard to keep you at ease and relaxed naturally, but we also offer sedation options for any dental anxieties. Contact Western Mass Endo to arrange a consultation and to learn more about root canal therapy and sedation methods.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth might be caused by a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth or a physical trauma. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Schedule an appointment at Western Mass Endo at your earliest convenience if you notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental treatments.
What To Expect
Before the procedure, a member of our team will discuss your options for sedation with you. We don't want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful while you are at our office. A lot of our patients opt for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. We understand and empathize with those who have dental phobias, and will help you make the best decision for your sedation needs.
During your endodontic procedure, our team will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. Next, the inside of the empty chamber will be meticulously sterilized to remove any lingering debris. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult escort you home after your appointment. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you arrange for a checkup six months after your root canal. At that time, we will check to determine if the infection has been controlled and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule standard dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
During your consult, we will discuss cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we can speak with your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, Western Mass Endo accepts a number of payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to developments in the medical industry, root canal therapy can be a fast, easy way to treat an infected tooth. With the help of sedation, your root canal at Western Mass Endo can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our team in western MA to arrange a consultation with a member of our skilled endodontic team for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.