Root Canal Westborough MA

Root Canal An Overview

A root canal can play an important role in the maintenance of the structure of your smile when saving a natural tooth. Dr. Tufa will recommend a root canal when appropriate to avoid having to extract a tooth that has become infected decayed. Keeping your natural tooth in place is the best option for maintaining optimal long term dental health and avoids the complexities of tooth replacement.

Common signs that you may need a root canal can include:

  • Sudden tooth pain
  • Throbbing pain in or around a tooth
  • Swelling of the gums around a tooth

There is a range of possible causes for tooth pain, from decay to an abscess. Dr. Tufa will need to examine your tooth to determine the cause of your pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact our Westborough dental office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal What to Expect

The root canal process has evolved over the years and today’s patients can enjoy an improved experience that causes minimal discomfort.

A local anesthetic will be administered using the Wand, a convenient hand held anesthesia delivery system that makes the experience virtually pain free. For anxious patients, we also offer dental sedation options.

Dr. Tufa will make a tiny hole in the back of the tooth and gently remove the infected inner pulp. After cleaning the area to prevent future infection, a biocompatible material will be placed to stabilize the tooth structure. The tooth will be sealed with a composite resin material.

In many cases, it is recommended that a dental crown is placed to strengthen the tooth and ensure a lasting result.