Root Canal therapy for Adults in Norwood MA
If left untreated, a cracked tooth and/or cavity can result in the requirement of a root canal. Root canals typically include the removing of a tooth’s pulp and the nerves of a tooth, as well as a sufficient cleaning. The pulp and nerves of a tooth do not affect a tooth’s’ functioning once it has fully emerged from the gums. If left untreated, pus buildup can occur as well as the spreading of an infection to the surrounding bone. This often requires that the entire tooth be removed.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth in the meantime. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success, and many many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved and remain healthy for a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.