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By Dentistry by Design
March 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

“You need a root canal,” isn’t something you want to hear during a dental visit. But whatever your preconceptions about it may be, the fact is root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they alleviate it. What’s more, it may be your best chance to save a tooth that’s at high risk for loss.

First of all, root canal treatments address a serious problem that may be occurring inside a tooth — tooth decay that’s infiltrated the pulp chamber. If it’s not stopped, the decay will continue to advance through the root canals to the bone and weaken the tooth’s attachment. To access the pulp and root canals we first administer a local anesthesia and then create an opening in the tooth, typically in the biting surface.

After accessing the pulp chamber, we then remove all the pulp tissue and clean out any infection.  We then fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling and seal the opening we first created. The procedure is often followed some weeks later with a laboratory made crown that permanently covers the tooth for extra protection against another occurrence of decay and protects the tooth from fracturing years later.

Besides stopping the infection from continuing beyond the roots and saving the tooth from loss, root canal treatments also alleviate the symptoms caused by decay, including tenderness and swelling of surrounding gum tissue and sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pressure when biting down. And, it reduces pain — the dull ache or sometimes acute pain from the tooth that may have brought you to our office in the first place.

General dentists commonly perform root canal treatments; in more complicated cases they’re performed by an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatments. Afterward, any discomfort is usually managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Root canal treatments are a common procedure with a high rate of success. Undergoing one will end the pain and discomfort your infected tooth has caused you; more importantly, your tooth will gain a new lease on life.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”

By Dentistry by Design
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

It's surprising just how much pain an infected or inflamed tooth can cause. Simple things, like taking a bite of a sandwich or drinking a cup root canalof coffee, can send your pain level soaring. Fortunately, root canal therapy can end your pain. Our Andover, MA, dentists - Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin - offer the tooth-saving treatment at Dentistry by Design.

Why are root canals needed?

The center of your tooth is filled with a collection of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels called pulp. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you may experience pain and a range of other unpleasant symptoms. Your risk of an inflammation or infection rises if you have extensive decay, injured your tooth, or had more than one dental procedure on a tooth. You may also be at increased risk if you have a crack in your tooth that allows bacteria to reach your pulp.

An inflammation or infection in the pulp won't go away on its own. If you ignore the pain, you may lose your tooth and put your health in jeopardy. Root canal therapy is the only way to treat your symptoms and relieve your pain.

What happens during a root canal?

Before treatment begins, you'll receive local anesthesia to ensure that you don't feel pain during the procedure. Once the anesthesia takes effect, your Andover dentist will open the tooth and remove the pulp. He'll also clean the interior of the tooth and use tiny files to clean and shape the small root canals that travel into the roots from the top of your tooth. In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling after the pulp is removed and will return to the office for your permanent filling in about a week. Your tooth will be filled with a flexible rubber-based filling at your second root canal appointment. A crown may also be recommended, as the root canal procedure can weaken teeth.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Common root canal symptoms include:

  • Pain, either intermittent or constant
  • Increased pain when biting or drinking or eating hot or cold foods and beverages
  • A swollen, red gum around the tooth
  • Change in tooth color
  • Abscess symptoms, which include severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, or a pimple on the gum

Protect your tooth and ease your pain with root canal therapy. Call our Andover, MA, dentists - Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Giraldo, and Dr. Kharin - of Dentistry by Design at (978) 475-5333 to schedule your appointment.

By Dentistry by Design
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentists in Andover want you to knowroot canal

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into a root canal, you’re not alone. Root canals are a commonly prescribed treatment that is often misunderstood by many people. The truth is, root canals are simple procedures and can provide permanent pain relief while still allowing you to keep your tooth. Your dentists at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, want to share the facts about root canals and how they can help you.

If you have severe dental pain, you can have the offending tooth removed, but that may not be the best choice for several reasons. Your natural teeth are still the best option to provide chewing function, and if you have a tooth removed, it will affect your bite and your ability to chew the foods you love. Also, you will be faced with either living without the tooth or replacing it with expensive, or less than adequate options.

A root canal can eliminate severe dental pain associated with deep decay, infection or dental trauma. To find out if you need a root canal, you should visit your dentists in Andover. They will take x-rays and do a thorough examination and testing to determine if you can benefit from root canal therapy.

If you do need a root canal, your dentists in Andover will create a small opening inside your tooth and remove diseased tissue through the opening. They will use tiny instruments called files to clean out inflamed tissue and fluid which is causing you pressure and pain. A small amount of sedative material is placed inside your tooth.

Your tooth will begin to “calm down” over a few days, and you will feel less pain. After your tooth pain is resolved, the tooth will be reopened, cleaned out, and filled with an inert, rubbery material known as gutta-percha. As a final step, your tooth is sealed up with a permanent filling.

Root canal treatment is effective and allows you to retain your tooth and your full smile. Before you think about having a tooth removed, call your dentists at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, to find out about root canal treatment. A root canal can save your smile, so call today!

By Dentistry by Design
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth decay  

Need a root canal? Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment. Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, root canaloffers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Here are five fabulous benefits of root canal therapy.

It Is Virtually Pain-Free
Modern technology and anesthetics allow Andover dentists to complete root canals treatments virtually pain-free. Your dentist will ensure your complete comfort during the procedure by using oral sedation or local anesthesia. Most patients report that the root canal procedure is no more painful than having a dental filling placed. 

Relieve Your Toothache
A toothache is a sign of a decaying tooth. The discomfort can range from intense and sharp to a dull ache. Its level may range from slight to extreme. The pain may affect your ability to enjoy a full night’s rest. Root canal therapy will relieve your tooth pain and improve your well-being.

Avoid Tooth Extraction
Root canal therapy will save your natural tooth and allow you to keep it functional for decades. Extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Having a tooth pulled will leave a gap that can impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your natural tooth is always the best option. 

Improve Your Smile
Teeth that have had a root canal need to be restored with a dental crown to prevent them from fracturing. All-porcelain crowns are smooth and translucent, matching the shade and size of your natural teeth. They look just like normal teeth. With a dental crown, you can have a smile that's both strong and beautiful.

It Has a High Success Rate
Root canal therapy techniques have improved significantly in recent years. Root-canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. If a root-canal-treated tooth causes pain, the tooth can often be retreated.

Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. Don't put off root canal therapy if you need it. Say goodbye to your toothache forever. Call Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, at (978) 475-5333 to schedule your dental appointment. You'll be glad you did.

By Dentistry by Design
April 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

One of the most popular dental procedures, a root canal comes with many misconceptions and misunderstandings. Many people think root canalroot canals are painful, time-consuming or even a bad option. However, root canal therapy saves a tooth from extraction and the side effects which come with it. Learn more about root canals with help from your Andover, MA dentist at Dentistry By Design.

What makes a root canal necessary? 
Tooth decay begins on the tooth’s outer enamel layer. The decay eats through the tooth, eventually reaching the inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels. It is when the decay reaches this point that a toothache occurs. This makes tooth pain one of the main indicators that a root canal is necessary. Sensitivity to hot and cold, headache and abscess also indicate an infected tooth.

How does a root canal work? 
A root canal removes the tooth’s infected pulp and nerve. After your Andover dentist numbs the area ensuring you feel no pain or discomfort, he or she makes a small hole in the top of the tooth. Through the hole, the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve are accessed and removed. The inside of the tooth is scrubbed clean and disinfected with special instruments. After removing all of the infected tissue, your dentist fills the tooth from the bottom of the root canals up using composite materials. In most cases, a dental crown placed over the tooth protects and strengthens it. Your dentist places a temporary crown to protect the tooth during the several weeks it takes the dental laboratory to fabricate the permanent crown.

The Benefits of a Root Canal
While dental restorations like dental implants can replace missing teeth, they will never be as strong as a natural tooth. For this reason, your dentist’s number one concern during treatment is to save your tooth. Saving the natural tooth also eliminates the effects of a missing tooth such as teeth moving around the gap to compensate for the missing tooth. Additionally, it prevents bone atrophy, which causes sagging facial muscles and even premature aging.

For more information on how a root canal can save your smile, please contact Dr. Nicholas T. Papapetros, Dr. Jhon O. Giraldo and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry By Design in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-5333 to speak with an associate about your appointment today!