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The thought of root canal treatment makes some people nervous, but root canal treatment is nothing to fear. The procedure is similar to filling a cavity and it can help you avoid having an infected or a damaged tooth extracted. A dentist can determine if your damaged or infected tooth could be preserved and restored through root canal treatment. At Dentistry by Design, Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin are your Andover dentists for root canal treatment.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure with the purpose of restoring an infected or a damaged tooth so it does not have to be extracted. Root canal treatment is needed when the soft pulp found inside the center of a tooth becomes infected. Ultimately, the infection can spread down into the canals of the tooth root and even result in the formation of an abscess below the root. Left untreated, the infection can spread beyond the tooth and infect other teeth. Some signs that root canal treatment is possibly needed include:
- Sensitivity to foods and drinks that are cold or hot
- Sharp pain when biting into and chewing food
- Constant pain or pressure in the mouth
- A persistent or severe toothache
The procedure for performing root canal treatment involves removing any infected pulp inside the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned out to ensure all signs of infection are gone and no debris is left behind. Finally, a dental filling is used to fill, strengthen, and seal the tooth. A dental crown may also be needed. Following treatment, the restored tooth can be used to bite and chew food without pain, discomfort, or sensitivity. Your Andover dentists at Dentistry by Design can determine if root canal treatment could be used to restore your damaged tooth.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
There are multiple benefits to undergoing root canal treatment. A significant benefit is that it prevents extraction and preserves your natural teeth. Additionally, root canal treatment restores damaged and infected teeth and makes them stronger. Root canal treatment also eliminates tooth and mouth pain, discomfort, and sensitivity caused by infection.
Root canal treatment is nothing to fear. If you are dealing with a toothache, schedule an appointment with Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Giraldo, or Dr. Kharin, your Andover dentists, by contacting Dentistry by Design at (978) 475-5333.
Primary (baby) teeth might not last long, but their impact can last a lifetime. Their first set of teeth not only allows young children to eat solid foods, but also guide permanent teeth to form and erupt in the proper position.
Unfortunately, primary teeth aren't immune to tooth decay. If the decay is extensive, the tooth may not last as long as it should. Its absence will increase the chances the permanent teeth won't come in correctly, which could create a poor bite (malocclusion) that's costly to correct.
If a primary tooth is already missing, we can try to prevent a malocclusion by installing a “space appliance.” This keeps nearby teeth from drifting into the empty space intended for the permanent tooth. The best approach, though, is to try to save a primary tooth from premature loss.
We can often do this in much the same way as we would with a permanent tooth — by removing decayed material and filling the prepared space. We can also perform preventive applications like topical fluoride or sealants that strengthen or protect the tooth.
It becomes more complicated, though, if the pulp, the interior of the tooth, becomes decayed. The preferred treatment for this in a permanent adult tooth is a root canal treatment. But with a primary tooth we must also consider the permanent tooth forming below it in the jaw and its proximity to the primary tooth. We need to adapt our treatment for the least likely damage to the permanent tooth.
For example, it may be best to remove as much decayed structure as possible without entering the pulp and then apply an antibacterial agent to the area, a procedure known as an indirect pulp treatment. We might also remove only parts of the pulp, if we determine the rest of the pulp tissue appears healthy. We would then dress the wound and seal the tooth from further infection.
Whatever procedure we use will depend on the extent of decay. As we said before, our number one concern is the permanent tooth beneath the primary. By focusing on the health of both we can help make sure the permanent one comes in the right way.
If you would like more information on caring for children's primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment for Children's Teeth.”