Root Canals Specialist

Advanced Dental Centers

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Norwood, MA & Weymouth, MA

Contrary to what you’ve heard in movies and television shows, root canals aren’t that bad. In fact, a root canal can alleviate the incredible pain of an infected tooth, and the procedure isn’t any more uncomfortable than getting a filling. If you’re in need of a root canal, schedule a visit with Advanced Dental Centers in Weymouth and Norwood, Massachusetts. The dental professionals administer easy and effective root canals to give their patients healthy smiles again. You can book your visit by phone or online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

The team at Advanced Dental Centers administers root canals to treat damaged tooth pulp. The pulp is the inner portion of your tooth comprised of blood vessels, nerve endings, and other connective tissues.

Your pulp can become infected as a result of severe tooth decay or a traumatic injury to your tooth. When your pulp is infected, it swells, which pinches the nerves against the inside of your tooth causing extreme pain.

A root canal treats your infected or damaged pulp by removing it from your tooth, enabling you to save the rest of your tooth and keep your smile intact. In the past, the only way to treat an infected tooth was to extract it, so a root canal is a technological advancement in dental care.

Do I need a root canal?

If your tooth’s pulp is damaged or infected, you most likely need a root canal to treat it. Some of the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:

  • Toothache
  • Discolored or darkened tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swelling or tenderness in your gums
  • Pus around your gum line
  • A small pimple-like pocket of pus near your tooth root

If left untreated, a root canal can lead to severe complications, including:

  • Infection of nearby teeth, gums, or jawbone
  • Tooth loss
  • Formation of an abscess
  • Infection of your bloodstream (sepsis)

Don’t delay treatment if you need a root canal. The procedure’s bad reputation is entirely unfounded, and the gentle dental experts at Advanced Dental Centers will make sure that your root canal is quick, easy, and comfortable.

What should I expect from my root canal?

First, your dentist takes an X-ray of your smile to assess the damage in your tooth and to use as a roadmap for your procedure. Advanced Dental Centers uses high-tech panoramic X-rays in all of their services.

Next, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and protects the rest of your mouth with a dental dam. Then, your provider drills a small access hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of tiny files to remove your decayed or damaged pulp.

Once your tooth is free of the diseased tissue, your dentist cleans and sterilizes the inside of your tooth, then seals it up with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha. Your provider fills the access hole in the top of your tooth with a filling material, then finishes the procedure by fitting you with a crown to restore the strength and structure of your treated tooth.

If you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Centers today by calling the office or booking a visit online.