At South Shore Dentistry in South Weymouth, MA, it is our goal to save a natural tooth whenever possible. We will do whatever we can to save a tooth rather than extracting it. That means that sometimes root canal therapy is the answer. If a tooth is infected or damaged beyond the treatment of a filling, root canal therapy is usually the next option. Root canals are performed quite often and Dr. Larry Burt has experience performing root canal therapy for his patients.
What is the Process for a Root Canal?
When performing a root canal, first the infection and decay needs to be removed. Your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia and if you request, nitrous oxide analgesia can be used. Next, Dr. Burt will remove the decayed tooth area and damaged pulp in the tooth. Once the root canal system is cleaned, a filling is placed into the tooth. A crown is custom made for your tooth. The crown is then placed on the tooth and permanently attached giving your tooth a completely natural look which will restore your beautiful smile.
Who Requires a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing severe pain in your tooth and cheek, have swollen and red gums, notice tooth discoloration, or actually see infection in a tooth, you may need a root canal. Root canal therapy is used when a tooth has become infected but a simple filling will not correct the problem.
Call our office if you experience or notice anything unusual and we would love to set up a consultation to discuss your overall dental health and make a plan to restore your beautiful, pain-free smile.