Root Canal Treatment
Attleboro Family Dental Care provides endodontic treatment in Attleboro, MA. Call 508-552-4222 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Endodontics is a dental specialty that deals primarily with diagnosing and treating tooth pain. The most common procedure performed by endodontists is root canal therapy. Although root canals have a reputation for being painful, most patients are surprised to find out that the treatment is no more painful than having a cavity filled. Our endodontist, Dr. Tadros Michel Tadros, uses advanced endodontic techniques and local anesthesia to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Root canals are needed whenever the pulp at the center of a tooth is compromised by decay or injury. The affected tooth is opened, then the pulp is removed and the chamber is disinfected. After sealing the chamber, a crown or dental filling is used to repair the tooth and protect it from future infection.
In addition to root canal therapy, endodontists provide endodontic retreatment and apicoectomies. Endodontic treatments allow us to save patients’ natural teeth rather than extracting them, which is the best option for optimal oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Endodontics
Do I need a crown after a root canal?
After a root canal, you’ll need some type of restorative treatment in order to strengthen and seal the affected tooth. This restoration is often a dental crown, but it may also be an inlay, onlay, or dental filling, depending on the tooth receiving treatment and its anatomy.
How painful is a root canal?
The root canal procedure itself is not painful because we use local anesthetic injections to keep you comfortable during the treatment. As the anesthetic wears off, you are likely to feel some sensitivity and discomfort in the treated tooth. This is normal and can usually be alleviated with cold compresses, a diet of soft foods, and over-the-counter pain relievers until the discomfort subsides.
Can I get a filling instead of a root canal?
Dental fillings are only used when decay is in the outermost layers of a tooth. When infection reaches the pulp of a tooth, root canals are needed.
Does every toothache require a root canal?
There are many reasons you might be experiencing tooth pain: a cavity, tooth sensitivity, or even having something stuck between two teeth. Toothaches that require root canals usually produce a severe throbbing pain that makes it difficult to sleep, eat, and go about your normal activities.
Are you awake during a root canal?
Yes, you will be awake during your root canal treatment, but local anesthesia is used to ensure that you feel no pain while we work.
What is endodontic retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment is needed if an initial root canal treatment fails or if infection returns weeks, months, or years after root canal therapy. During endodontic retreatment, we reopen the tooth, remove the filling, and disinfect the chamber. The tooth is then re-filled and re-sealed.
Call 508-552-4222 to schedule your appointment.