Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy in our Wrentham office has helped numerous people eliminate painful infection while keeping their natural teeth. Root canal treatment is also called endodontic therapy. This procedure can seem frightening to many patients due to the widespread myths that have circulated for years. Dr. Palioca has been in practice for nearly 25 years. He is committed to patient comfort and to optimal results. Using the latest rotary technology, thermal sealing, anesthetic, and sedatives, he ensures that his patients gain the maximum benefit from root canal therapy.
Tooth structure and the root canal
There are several layers of material in each tooth. Enamel is the hard outer shell that we see when we smile. Beneath this is a layer of dentin, softer, more sensitive tissue. At the center of the tooth is pulp tissue that is made up of nerves and vessels. The pulp chamber branches off into canals through which blood and nutrients supply the tooth with life.
For various reasons, such as injury or a deep cavity, the root canals may become susceptible to bacterial infection. As pulp is destroyed by bacteria, pressure may build up in the tooth, causing severe pain. If not treated, this infection can eventually cause bone tissue beneath the tooth to break down and may even cost you a tooth. Ideally, professional care can be obtained at the very earliest sign of a problem. If we can treat a cavity early, we may avoid the need for root canal therapy. If you wait too long, then we may need to extract the tooth and replace it with a suitable prosthetic.
How root canal therapy works
Many people believe that getting a root canal will hurt. Dr. Palioca utilizes technology and analgesics that enable patients to undergo this procedure comfortably. In some cases, patients actually doze off while we work on their teeth! When same-day crowns are combined with root canal therapy, we have the ability to complete the entire repair process in just one visit.
The root canal procedure involves removing damaged tooth structure and then creating an opening to the infected canals. Using a small rotary, Dr. Palioca empties canals of infected tissues. Canals are then sterilized and sealed to prevent further issues. If a same-day crown is made, it will be bonded to the treated tooth and no further appointments are required. If a standard crown is ordered, we will place a temporary restoration over the tooth. This crown will be replaced in about two weeks, when the final restoration has been received from the dental lab.
There are good reasons to want to avoid root canal therapy, like the preservation of a healthy natural tooth. If infection develops, however, this procedure can keep you smiling for many years.
Advanced Dental Practices provides patients from Wrentham, Franklin, Attleboro, Mansfield, Bellingham, and Walpole with gentle, effective care. Call our office to schedule your visit today.