Your teeth have narrow channels inside where all the pulp and nerves—the living tissue—is housed. This area is the source of all sensation in your teeth. When tooth decay such as a cavity reaches down to those living tissues the pain and sensitivity can be excruciating. Though this pain can generally be eliminated by antibiotics within a few days, you still have a compromised tooth that may deteriorate due to the loss of a strong inner structure. Through a root canal procedure, we can clear out the infected tissue and reinforce your tooth from inside so that you can avoid tooth extractions. This is a more complex procedure than filling a cavity, but with our award-winning multispecialty team—featuring two board-certified endodontists who specialize in this kind of treatment—you can expect the best possible results from a root canal procedure.
The Root Canal Procedure
Before any course of treatment, we first provide a consultation to assess your teeth. After we make the determination that you need root canal treatment, we schedule you for a procedure. At your next visit, we first numb you with anesthetic before making a small opening in the crown to access the affected tooth’s pulp chamber. Once inside, we remove all the infected pulp and living tissue and disinfect and reshape the root canals. We then fill your newly empty canals with a specially made dental material called gutta percha to fortify the tooth. Finally, to ensure the entire tooth has the strength it needs to perform reliably after healing, we top it off with a sturdy new crown. Our advanced CEREC technology allows us to design, fabricate, and place high-quality crowns during a single visit to our Brookline, MA office—which means faster results and fewer appointments! After placement you’ll be able to leave with a durable, natural-looking, and fully functional crown that will allow you to resume a normal diet without pain or worry!
What About Root Canal Aftercare?
You will be given a very specific set of home care instructions after your root canal treatment. These help you avoid painful complications such as dry socket, which will hamper your recovery. If you do undergo a root canal procedure, be sure to follow your doctor’s guidelines word for word!
Root Canal Symptoms
Severe tooth pain
Temperature sensitivity in your teeth
Redness or swelling of the gums
Abscesses or pimples on your gum tissue
Rely on us to cure the core cause of your tooth pain!