Many people are somewhat afraid of root canal therapy, which is why they may hesitate to seek care when they have a toothache. In truth, however, there is no reason to fear this procedure. It is one of the best ways to relieve, not cause, dental pain. We take steps to ensure our patients are comfortable during root canal therapy in our Needham, MA dental office. Afterward, you will find that your tooth feels much better and once again functions reliably.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when damage or an infection reaches the innermost part of a tooth. During treatment, our first step will be to make sure you are comfortable. We may use both sedation and local anesthesia. Then, we clean out the tooth’s interior and remove the nerve that was sending pain signals to the brain. Next, we fill in the tooth with a special material that helps it maintain its structure. Most patients require a crown to protect a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight any infection that occurred.