Gentle Root Canal in Northborough

man smiling at a park in northboroughIf you haven’t visited a dentist in a while, you would probably be impressed with all the ways we now have to make your treatment efficient, comfortable, and productive.

But certain myths persist, and one that we think has run its course is that root canals are complicated procedures. 

The fact is that with state-of-the-art technology, relaxing sedation options, and the reassurance of a supportive team, we can perform root canals that are far more comfortable than you ever imagined. You can be confident that during your procedure, our focus is entirely on you and your needs.

A Root Canal in Northborough Can Save Teeth

One thing that most people don’t understand is that root canal treatment is not optional if you want to save the affected tooth.

There is a space deep inside your tooth that houses the pulp, which is made up of the nerves and tissue that keep your tooth healthy and alive.

If you have an untreated cavity or gum infection that penetrates the pulp, you experience pain, and a root canal procedure is needed to provide relief. Without treatment, the pain will just continue and worsen to the point where we must remove the tooth. So in spite of what you may think, root canals don’t cause pain – they relieve it!

The Root Canal Procedure

For all the negative hype, root canals are a straightforward procedure. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected tissue and cleaning the root canal.

Northborough dentist Dr. Moheban carefully removes the nerve and pulp, cleans and disinfects the canal, and then seals it. Since a root canaled tooth can become brittle, we usually recommend a dental crown to protect it.

We understand that, in spite of what we tell you, a lifelong dread of the procedure may still cause you stress. But at Northborough Family Dental, we help you through the procedure by focusing entirely on your needs. Our caring team understands your feelings and will make your needs a priority to ensure that you remain comfortable.

If anxiety is making it difficult for you to seek the care you need, please let us know. Dr. Moheban can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for you to take about an hour before your appointment. The drug won’t put you to sleep, but it will help relax you gently so you can remain calm and get the care you need.

Signs That Mean You May Need a Root Canal

diagram of tooth and root structureIf you feel discomfort, we need to start with a thorough exam to rule out other possibilities. But some symptoms are often an indication that root canal therapy may be required:

  • Intense tooth pain that worsens over time
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
  • Discomfort or pain when you chew
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • A raised bump (abscess) on the gums

We understand that you may be tempted to put off treatment, but waiting will only result in continued pain and an increased likelihood that you will lose the tooth.

Please Call Our Northborough Office for a Consultation

If you have a toothache or notice any of the above symptoms, please call our Northborough, MA dental office. We will listen to your concerns and make plans to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day.