Do you have spontaneous pain or throbbing when you chew? How about sensitivity to cold or hot foods? Was there severe injury to one of your teeth or tooth decay? These are all indicators of problems with your teeth that warrant a checkup with your dentist.

If you do need a root canal, you may be in a lot of pain and might want to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Why would I need a root canal?
The nerve in the tooth may have gone bad (infected) or may be traumatized. However, a root canal can still save the tooth.

What does a root canal at Brookline Village Dental consist of?
To do a root canal, Dr. Juriansz or a specialist called an Endodontist, will remove the irritated or infected nerve tissue that lies inside of the root of the tooth. This infected pulp tissue is what causes eventual abscesses. The tooth is then disinfected and sealed. Often the tooth will require a crown or possibly a filling if there is not too much damage.

Below is the typical root canal treatment for patients seeing Dr. Juriansz or an Endodontist:

Step 1
The dentist will obtain access to your tooth’s nerve by creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. He will most likely perform this part of the procedure after administering local anesthetic to you.

Step 2
The dentist will determine the length of the root canal and then remove the pulp.

Step 3
The dentist will locate and reshape the nerve, then prepare the tooth to accept a special filling material. However, you may not have your tooth filled until your next visit. Note that the number of visits necessary to complete a root canal depends on a few factors such as the number of nerves in your tooth, the state of the nerve and extent of infection, and complexity of the root canal procedure.

Step 4
Finally, the dentist will seal the root canal with a sterile material in order to prevent future infection.

If your tooth is treated early enough, root canal therapy doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. At Brookline Village Dental, we take your comfort seriously. Contact us for to schedule a root canal in Brookline or a simple checkup for friendly, professional service today.

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