I believe in conservative dentistry, and I believe in doing everything I can to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
That’s why it’s a last resort when I recommend tooth extraction to my patients.
Sometimes, when a root canal won’t suffice, a damaged, dead, or infected tooth must be removed to ensure continued health for your entire mouth. In other cases, too many teeth in a small mouth can cause crowding, so a few teeth will be removed before orthodontic braces are applied. For patients needing dentures, removing a few teeth may be necessary for your new set of teeth to function and fit properly.
Many dental procedures come with a preconceived stigma. Root canals are one of these procedures. Most people think of severe pain and drilling when they think of a root canal, but I’m happy to tell you that modern root canal therapy is extremely different than it was in years past.
I’m Dr. Robert Kennedy, a general dentist in Bedford, Massachusetts, and I perform root canals on my patients in the most conservative way possible.
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.