Tooth pain can indicate a cavity, which can generally be repaired through the placement of a filling, provided the decay is primarily in the above-the-gums portion of the tooth. When an untreated cavity reaches down to the tooth roots, the discomfort becomes more severe and a simple filling won’t resolve it. Special treatment becomes necessary to avoid a tooth extraction. To understand this, you need to know a little bit about the anatomy of the tooth. Underneath the enamel in the lower part of your tooth are narrow channels, your root canals, where the pulp—the living part of the tooth that includes nerves and blood vessels—is located. This is where all the sensation of your tooth comes from. When this area becomes infected, the pain can be excruciating. If the tooth is dead, however, there may be no discomfort. Either way, root canal treatment is needed to clear and sanitize the area. When this happens, you can rely on the Newburyport Family Dental team to perform the treatment with minimal pain and maximum expertise.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
Acute tooth pain
Temperature sensitivity in the teeth
Redness or inflammation of the gum tissue
Abscesses or pimples on the gums
The Root Canal Procedure
After we perform an examination to determine if you need root canal treatment, we’ll schedule the procedure for your next visit to our Newburyport, MA office. We numb the area before making an opening in the top of your tooth to access your root canals. There, we remove all of the infected living tissue and disinfect the remaining cavity. We then widen the root canals to enable us to fill them with a specially made dental material called gutta percha, which reinforces the inside of the tooth. If needed, we may also place a post inside the tooth to further stabilize it. To return your tooth to its full strength and functioning, we then add a dental crown on top of it. CEREC technology enables us to design, fabricate, and place your crowns during the very same visit, saving you time and extra trips. Traditional crowns can take weeks to be ready, requiring a follow-up appointment. Once your crown is placed, you’ll begin the healing process that will soon allow you to enjoy normal, pain-free days once again.