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Root Canal Therapy – Lakeville, MA

The Truth About Root Canal Therapy

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One of our goals is to help you avoid extensive and advanced damage to your smile. We don’t want you to lose teeth if we can save them. Root canal therapy is a way for us to combat a problem that often leads to tooth loss: infection. Instead of extracting teeth, we can try to treat the problem and prevent the need for tooth replacement, which can be time-consuming and costly. Some general dentists prefer to refer their patients to specialists for root canal therapy, but Dr. Bui and Dr. Nguyen of Southeastern Dental Care in Lakeville, MA know how many our patients appreciate the fact that we often perform this treatment right here in-house. If you’ve noticed any increase in pain or are concerned because you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, contact Southeastern Dental Care for an appointment.

What is a Root Canal?

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We spend a lot of time getting to know you, and we want you to be aware of the fact that we offer a wide variety of services to keep you healthy. Root canal therapy can be used when a tooth’s pulp has become infected or if you’re suffering from an abscess at the base of the root. These problems can cause pain and increased sensitivity, threatening both your overall oral health and your bodily health. During a root canal, Dr. Bui will go into the tooth, remove the infected or damaged pulp, clean the chamber that runs through the tooth, fill it, and cap it with a crown. This can protect you from the dangers of an unattended oral infection and save you from an extraction.

When Are Root Canals Necessary?

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Root canals are performed most often when one of the following occurs:

What to Expect During a Root Canal

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During a root canal, Dr. Bui or Dr. Nguyen will first administer a local anesthetic to help you relax and stay completely at ease throughout the procedure. You will not be fully sedated but instead, you will be able to respond to the cues of our dental team but remain completely comfortable.

Once you are ready, we will create an entrance within the top of your damaged tooth and begin to clear out the decayed pulp and nearby canals. This will eliminate the infection and pain that is causing your toothache. After the cleaning process is complete, we will fill the tooth with composite resin to create a tight seal. While your customized dental crown is being created by lab technicians, we will place a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it from damage or reinfection.

After several weeks, you will return to have your temporary crown removed and your permanent one put into place.

Aftercare

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After undergoing a root canal, you must make sure that you get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity in the first few days after your procedure.

Other important tips to remember include: