Root Canals

Robert A. Kelly, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Framingham, MA

Despite what the movies and television shows have led you to believe, root canals are nothing to fear. Theses procedures are no more painful than a standard dental filling and can restore a damaged or infected tooth without needing to extract it. Robert A. Kelly, DDS, provides exceptional root canals for his patients in Framingham, Massachusetts. If you need endodontic treatment, schedule a visit today by calling the office or by booking online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that fixes a tooth when its inner tissues are damaged or infected.

The inner tissues of your tooth are called the pulp. When your pulp is damaged or infected, it swells and pinches against the inside of your tooth. Because your pulp is full of sensitive nerve endings, this pinching is incredibly painful.

This discomfort is what many people mistakenly think of when they perceive root canals as being painful. In reality, a root canal stops the swelling and pinching of your pulp and alleviates you from this pain.

The root canal procedure involves removing the infected pulp from within your tooth and filling your empty pulp chamber with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha. This approach enables Dr. Kelly to eradicate the infection without significantly altering the natural structures of your smile. Since the only way to treat an infected tooth used to be a full extraction, root canals represent a leap forward in dental care.

Do I need a root canal?

If you have damaged or infected tooth pulp, you need a root canal to make your smile healthy again. Some of the common symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:

  • Severe toothache
  • A darkening or discoloration of your tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Pus around your gum line
  • A small pus pocket or pimple near your tooth’s root

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kelly immediately. An infected or damaged tooth only gets worse with time and can lead to more severe conditions like tooth loss and the spread of the infection.

What happens when I get a root canal?

First, Dr. Kelly takes an X-ray of your mouth to assess the extent of your damage. Next, he uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and fits you with a dental dam to protect the rest of your mouth.

He opens a small hole in the top of your affected tooth, then uses a series of tiny drills to scrape out the decayed tissue. Once your tooth is free of decay, he sterilizes the inside and fills it with gutta-percha, a rubber compound that seals up your pulp chamber.

Finally, he fills the hole that he drilled in your tooth and fits you with a dental crown to restore your tooth’s structural integrity.

Don’t suffer through the pain of an infected tooth any longer. Schedule a root canal and endodontics consultation with Robert A. Kelly, DDS, today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.