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Root Canals

Burlington Center Dental Associates

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Burlington, MA

Severe tooth pain can cause discomfort and stress. However, a root canal can provide the relief you need. At Burlington Center Dental Associates in Burlington, Massachusetts, Farid Awad, DDS, and their team provide gentle and effective root canal treatments that can help save a diseased or severely infected tooth. To see if your tooth pain can be resolved with a root canal, call Burlington Center Dental Associates or request an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common procedure used to remove bacteria and infected pulp from within your tooth. Root canals are essential to preventing further damage to your tooth and can also help you avoid tooth loss.

Root canals are a treatment option for those who have an infected or decayed tooth that can still be salvaged. At Burlington Center Dental Associates, the team takes the time to make sure you understand what the procedure involves and answer any questions.

Why might I need a root canal?

Root canals are necessary when a tooth is extensively decayed or infected. Bacteria can infect the nerves and blood vessels contained inside the tooth, known as the pulp. These bacterial infections can be caused by untreated cavities or injuries. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have an infected tooth:

  • Cold or hot sensitivity
  • Sensitivity when chewing or biting
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Severe or persistent toothache

If you suspect that you may require a root canal, it’s important to consult an oral health care professional since the issue won’t resolve itself. The team of highly skilled dentists at Burlington Center Dental Associates can provide the necessary treatment you need to preserve your tooth and relieve your pain.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Many people feel apprehensive about root canal procedures since they are often mistakenly thought of as a painful treatment option. However, most people find that root canals are no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.

In some cases, root canals are performed over several office visits. While anesthesia is not always necessary, it is often administered so that patients feel more relaxed during the procedure.

The expert team at Burlington Center Dental Associates will create an access hole in the crown of your tooth. Then, your dentist then uses special tools to carefully and gently remove the infected pulp from within the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned, disinfected, and filled. Finally, the access hole is securely sealed.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and feel that a root canal procedure might be right for you, make an appointment by calling Burlington Center Dental Associates or requesting an appointment online today.