Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure. In fact, well over 14 million root canals are preformed each year. A root canal is a simple treatment that can save natural teeth and prevent the need for additional dental work such as dental implants and dental bridges.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association that involves treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. Likewise, an endodontist is a dentist who specializes in maintaining teeth through endodontic treatments – procedures involving the soft inner tissue of teeth.
At Smileboston we pride ourselves on the fact that our patients are able to receive all their dental treatments under one roof. Dr. Susan Han is our resident endodontist who performs root canal therapy for our patients.
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What is a root canal?
When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, the portion hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root. Though the outer portion of the root is a hard tissue called dentin, the inside channel or “root canal” contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves.
Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or even repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infection are identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. When that happens, an endodontic specialist, like Dr. Han, removes the infected pulp to save the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation. After successful endodontic treatment, the tooth continues to perform normally.
Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort. And, if necessary, Smileboston is equipped to provide nitrous oxide analgesia. The procedure will be completed in one or more visits, depending on the necessary treatment. In general, patients report feeling comfortable enough to return to their normal routine after treatment.
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