Endodontics is a branch of dentistry involving treatment of the pulp (root canal) and surrounding tissues of the tooth. When you look at your tooth in the mirror, what you see is the crown. The rest of the tooth, hidden beneath the gum line, is called the root which contains a pulp of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. The pulp cache severely damaged due to a tooth fracture, periodontal disease or other problems.
New England Dental Group dentists at our Marlborough and Southborough offices are experts in every aspect of endodontics, and will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you at your convenience.
When the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected, it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. It is a generally comfortable procedure that saves your tooth and gives you back your healthy smile. Our team at our Marlborough and Southborough offices are highly skilled in performing root canals and will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during this procedure.
1. We start the procedure by numbing the area completely to keep you comfortable. We may also place a rubber dam around the infected tooth to protect your mouth and ensure that nothing falls to the back of your throat while we work.
2. To get at the infected tooth pulp, we make an opening through the top of the tooth, down into the pulp chamber. We use a tiny instrument called a dental file to carefully clean out the infected tissue and shape the root canals to receive a filling material. To make sure that all of the infected pulp is removed, we may take x-rays or use other instruments.
3. Finally, we begin the steps necessary to restore the tooth. In most cases, we recommend placing a dental crown to protect and strengthen your tooth. If the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.
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