Over 15 million root canals are performed on infected teeth every year, and major advancements have been made over the years to make it more comfortable for patients. The procedure is safe, fast, and only about as invasive as a standard filling. Keep reading, and learn the truth about root canals in Shirley from Nashoba Valley Dental!
Nerve pulp lies underneath the external enamel and dentin of the tooth. If this pulp is infected because of tooth decay, or because of an injury that cracks the tooth and exposes it to bacteria in the mouth, it can become infected.
Tooth infections are extremely painful. Root canal therapy removes all infected tissue, and eliminates bacteria inside your tooth, preserving it and protecting it.
The procedure begins with a teeth cleaning. then administered to the tooth, and it is isolated with a dental dam. Dr. Matthew Annese will use specialized tools to remove decayed tooth material, and create a small opening in the tooth. He will then clean and remove the infection.
Finally, a special type of latex rubber called gutta percha is used to replace the missing nerve pulp, preserving the strength of the tooth. Then, the tooth is sealed with a filling and possibly a temporary crown. You’ll schedule a follow-up for a permanent crown once it’s been made.
Root canals have a number of benefits which make them the best choice for treating an infected tooth.
If you think that you may need a root canal to treat your infected tooth, don’t wait. Dr. Matthew Annese is the best choice for a root canal in Shirley. Plus, we also serve patients in Pepperhill, Leominster, Harvard, and all of the surrounding regions. Let us restore your tooth and minimize your pain today. Contact us at (978) 425-9088 to schedule your appointment today, or visit us in-person at our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464. We hope to see you soon!