Non Surgical Root Canal Treatment in Stoneham
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that replaces infected pulp in a tooth’s root. When a cavity is left unattended or an injury occurs, it can damage a tooth’s root, which can cause the root to become infected or inflamed. The decay in the central part of the tooth is taken out, the canal is also reshaped and the tooth is filled with a permanent material to help keep the canals from becoming infected again. Root canals can extend the use of any tooth and can help to maintain gum health easier as it’s natural root is still intact.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
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How is a root canal performed?At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.