What is Root Canal Therapy?

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Once the dentist finds signs of tooth decay and dental infection, the first thing root canal therapy entails is creating a small opening in the tooth. This allows them to clean out the decayed pulp from the inner canals of your tooth.

Next, they will reshape the canals and restore the tooth’s internal structure and overall integrity by sealing it with a temporary filling. Your tooth will likely need to be restored with a permanent filling or crown to completely restore tooth function and rebuild its strength.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

There are several key signs that you may need a root canal:

  • Tooth pain
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Drainage from infection
  • Gum swelling
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration

What to Expect After Root Canal Treatment

After a root canal, try to eat softer foods that will be easier on your teeth for the first few days. You may experience some swelling or tooth sensitivity, but we will be sure to follow up with you to make sure the treatment has been successful.

Root canal therapy can be very effective in saving an infected tooth. But in cases where endodontic treatment can’t completely drive out the infection, the tooth will need to be extracted.

Here at West Mill Smiles, we also provide excellent teeth replacement options to restore the full function of your smile, including bridges, hybrid dentures, and dental implants!

Need Root Canal Therapy in the Medfield Area?

If you’re noticing signs of tooth decay and dental pain, don’t wait! Contact the West Mill Smiles team today for a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. Our doctors and staff are specially trained to identify and treat tooth decay, dental infections, gum disease, and other dental issues. We can help you repair your beautiful smile!