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Root canals

The term root canal alone often invokes fear and anxiety. It is a procedure that has kept many people away from the dentist. At Future of Dentistry in Wakefield, MA, we use a computer-controlled device that precisely locates the root canal system and allows us to remove the diseased nerve in a single visit – and with no discomfort.

Our experienced and highly qualified dentists perform root canals with speed, efficiency, and precision. We do everything we can to minimize your time in the chair, and keep you as comfortable as possible.

The purpose of a root canal is to repair or save the tooth that is damaged from deep decay, fillings, cracks, or trauma. Since these conditions often lead to infection, we recommend treating them as soon as they are detected.

Understanding the procedure

To understand the root canal procedure, you must be able to differentiate between 2 parts of the tooth — the pulp and the root canal.

The root canal is the pathway located in the tooth’s center that is responsible for housing the pulp, or nerve. This soft area called the pulp transports oxygen and nutrients to the root and the rest of the tooth.

The problem occurs when the tooth contains a deep cavity, fracture, or other traumatic problem. Harmful bacteria can gain access to the canals, infecting the healthy pulp. Without timely treatment, the infection will worsen, causing the pulp to die. This is what causes an abscess, which is an infection in the bone at the end of the root.

Prevention

To prevent this often extremely painful and unhealthy outcome, the tooth is completely numbed. The pulp, or nerve, is removed and the space inside the tooth where the problem exists is cleaned. The next step involves placing a special filling in the roots and rebuilding the tooth’s core. When complete, a temporary, tooth-colored crown (until your permanent one is created) is placed to seal the top of your tooth.

At Future of Dentistry, we will ease your fears, worries, and anxieties! For your comfort, we also offer oral sedation dentistry.

  • If you need a root canal, don’t wait.
  • Most of our patients are actually amazed at how quick and easy we make the procedure!
  • If the infection worsens, it can cause serious damage and pain.
  • We recommend acting quickly, because oral infections can lead to other health-related problems.

Our experience and skills, along with sedation dentistry, will make your root canal procedure comfortable and anxiety-free!

If you would like to speak with us about root canals or schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us at 781-245-2299