October 3, 2017

An infected tooth can still be saved, but immediate treatment is necessary. At Comfort Dental, Dr. Moghaddam performs root canals in Watertown, MA. The procedure alleviates pain and keeps your original tooth in place.

When Does a Tooth Need a Root Canal?

Infections form when the core of a tooth fills with contaminants. The nerves of your teeth reside in the soft inner tissues, and they become inflamed when infected. Food particles and plaque gain access to the nerves through cracked enamel or cavities.

Once inflamed you may experience a toothache until the nerves die. When the infection spreads below the tooth, an abscess puts pressure on other nerves and your pain returns. If you notice sensitivity to temperature, swelling, discoloration or sores along your gum line, you may need a root canal.

How Are Root Canals Performed?

The problem will not go away on its own. You need the help of a dentist. A root canal is less painful than a tooth extraction and preserves the look and function of your original teeth.

The process is routine:

  • Dr. Moghaddam gives you anesthesia before the procedure
  • A drill opens the top of the tooth exposing the nerves and core
  • The contaminated material is extracted from the center nerve canals of the tooth
  • Disinfectant cleans and prepares the inside of the hollowed canals
  • A filler seals the root canal chambers to prevent future contamination
  • A temporary cap is placed on top until a crown or insert is ready

Patients require a permanent crown or filling to firmly reseal the top of the tooth following the main procedure. This top restores the full functionality of the tooth.

After the procedure, the tooth does not send pain signals to your nervous system, but it still looks and functions like normal. For many patients, this is an ideal solution that lasts a lifetime.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, you may be a candidate for a root canal. Let Dr. Moghaddam inspect your teeth. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today.



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