Root Canal

Root Canal

Root Canal Therapy in Holden, MA

If you have severe pain in your tooth, it may signify that you need a root canal. Holden Family Dentistry offers this dental procedure to help relieve pain and save your tooth. We will work with you to ensure you are comfortable during your treatment and aware of what is happening during every step of the process. Contact us today to learn more about this procedure and find out if it is right for you.

What is a root canal?

Root canals are standard dental procedures used to remove infected tissue in the root of a tooth. The root is the part of the tooth located below the gum line. The core of a tooth contains the nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth with nutrients. If the root gets infected, it can cause the tooth to become painful and may eventually lead to the loss of your tooth or other dental problems if left untreated. Root canals will remove infected material from the root of a tooth. It is also used to remove any damaged or diseased tissue. Treatment is usually performed by a dentist or an endodontist and can benefit your oral health.

What are the benefits of endodontic therapy (root canal therapy)?

Endodontic therapy is one of the most standard dental procedures. Though it may sound intimidating, endodontic treatment offers many benefits to patients. The benefits of endodontic treatment include restoring the tooth’s functionality and preventing the need for painful tooth extraction. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth, please consult with your dentist to see if endodontic therapy is right for you.

Who needs root canal treatment?

Dental patients with an infection in the tooth pulp may need root canal therapy. If you have a tooth that is severely damaged or diseased, you may also need root canal therapy. Your dentist can decide if this treatment is right for you. These are some symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal:
  • Severe pain in the tooth
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the infected tooth
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Change in the color of your natural teeth
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact our dental office as soon as possible. These are the most common signs of an infection in the tooth and should be treated immediately to avoid an abscess or tooth loss.

Root Canal FAQs

What can I expect during endodontic treatment?

Root canals usually require one or more visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will numb the area around the infected tooth with a local anesthetic and then remove the infected nerve tissue from the tooth’s root. The dentist will also clean and seal the root of the tooth. The patient may need to return for a follow-up visit to ensure that the infected tissue has been completely removed.

How long will root canal treatment take?

This kind of treatment is a routine procedure our experienced dentists perform every day. With today’s advances in technology, we can usually complete the entire process in just one or two visits to our office. Your first visit will take about an hour, and the second visit will take about 30 minutes.

How much does endodontic therapy cost?

The cost of root canals will vary depending on a few factors. Factors such as the severity of the infection, the number of teeth that need to be treated, and if it needs to be paired with cosmetic dentistry work can affect the total cost. Endodontic therapy, on average, will cost patients between $500 and $1,500.

How successful are root canal treatments?

Root canals are usually successful in saving the tooth and relieving pain and discomfort. However, there is a slight chance that the infection could return. If this happens, the patient may need to undergo another endodontic treatment or have a tooth extraction.

Contact Us for a Root Canal Appointment

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of severe tooth decay or an infected tooth root, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a root canal appointment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about root canal therapy. Call us today at (508) 829-3292 to schedule an appointment with our dental team.