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.
What our patients say about us
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"High-quality service, very professional staff, Top notch dentist.
I went to Advanced Dental Practices for tooth sensitivity. I was told to "just use Sensodyne", by my former dentist. Dr Palioca told me my tooth with a root canal was abscessing and I needed to have it extracted. I'm so glad I decided to go to Advanced Dental Practices. Dr Palioca is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. The staff is very friendly and efficient. I'm looking forward to my next visit at ADP."
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.
Dental Educational Video on Root Canals
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.
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.
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