Root Canal Therapy 101

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When a failing tooth requires a root canal, people often feel nervous. They think root canal therapy will be a painful procedure. However, root canals can be likened to receiving a dental filling and can be a comfortable procedure. Our goal is to relieve your tooth pain, not exacerbate it!

The tooth is an amazing thing, it is composed of an outer layer of tooth enamel, a layer of dentin, and then underneath that, the tooth pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This pulp is what may necessitate a root canal if it has become infected or inflamed.

If a root canal is in order, here is what you can expect:

–Our dentist will take X-rays to see where the infection is in the tooth.

–During the root canal procedure, the tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

–Then, the infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

–Then, a rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed to fill and seal the tooth.

–A temporary filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth.

After a root canal, the tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth. Whenever possible, it is preferable to save a tooth rather than lose it or extract it. Remember, we want to relieve your tooth pain while saving your tooth.

If you would like to know more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Marcus Lopez, we invite you to call 413-782-5159 today. Our Trecker and Lopez Family Dentistry team in Springfield, Massachusetts, looks forward to restoring your smile!