Root Canal Therapy Overview
If detected early on, tooth decay often is addressed with a standard filling or similar procedure to remove the decay and restore the area. But when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. A common endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at West Bridgewater Dental removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the internal portions, and then fills and seals the tooth. Our team of board-certified dentists may recommend this therapy to West Bridgewater, MA individuals to treat the infection and save the tooth from being extracted.
If you think you may need root canal therapy, we understand that you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. Our caring, experienced team makes our best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable, but we also provide sedation options for any fear and anxiety. Call West Bridgewater Dental today to set up a consultation with our dentists for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry options.
Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity, deep crack in the tooth, or physical injury. The most obvious signs that you may have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. The infection can spread if it isn't addressed, causing increased pain and even systemic health concerns. Set up an appointment at West Bridgewater Dental right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Before the treatment begins, our team will review your anesthetic and sedation options. We don't want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on edge during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for a root canal. All of our caring dentists are very sympathetic about dental fear and can help you make an appropriate decision about your sedation needs.
To perform the endodontic procedure, we'll examine the innermost part of your tooth and remove the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate any remaining decay and bacteria. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a special dental material to seal and protect it from further decay. Most teeth that receive root canal therapy require a dental crown, which we can discuss in detail during your consultation.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up visit about six months post-procedure. Our team will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there's no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental checkups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
Root Canal Therapy Insurance Coverage
At your consultation, a member of our staff will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we'll call your provider to determine your benefits. If you don't have dental insurance, West Bridgewater Dental accepts several payment types and may be able to assist you in finding medical financing options.
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Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. With our anesthetic and sedation options, your root canal procedure at West Bridgewater Dental can be comfortable and help you avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our staff in West Bridgewater, MA today to set up a consultation with our team to learn more about root canal therapy.