A root canal is an endodontic procedure. This means that it has to do with the internal structure of your tooth. You have a canal in each of your teeth. Your nerve, also known as pulp, is located in this canal and sustains the life of your tooth.
A deep crack or cavity in your tooth can allow bacteria to enter the tooth’s internal canal. This often results in an infection of the nerve, which can cause swelling, pressure, and extreme pain. If not taken care of promptly, the infection can make its way into your blood stream and cause serious health problems.
If you are experiencing great pain,you may have an internally infected tooth, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Root canals are not as bad as their reputation suggests. Thanks to modern day technology, simple root canals can be completed in just one visit to my office, and the high-quality, precision instrumentation I use reduces the potential for complications.
If you have been told you need a root canal, I’ll be happy to provide a second opinion. Just schedule an appointment, and be sure to bring in all of your previous dental records.
If I determine that you do need the procedure, I will answer any questions you may have and discuss sedation options with you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call my office at (781) 275-0200.