Root Canal Springfield & Longmeadow, MA
There are many things in life to stress about, but getting a root canal done doesn’t need to be one of them. As one of the most common oral procedures out there, Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA, will ensure that you feel comfortable from start to finish.
What Is a Root Canal?
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter into it. If left untreated, an abscess can form which can result in the pulp underneath the tooth becoming infected. When this happens, Taylor Street Dental may recommend that you get a root canal.
Root Canal Procedure
- We will remove the diseased pulp; then the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed.
- After the tooth has been sealed, we will then place a crown on the tooth to strengthen the remaining structure.
- Then, as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need a Root Canal?
A root canal is necessary when the pulp becomes infected–resulting in swelling and pain and sometimes there is no pain or symptoms. Without a root canal or treatment, your entire tooth may have to be removed later on.
Will it hurt during the procedure?
No, your mouth will be numbed during the entire procedure so you shouldn’t feel anything. Some patients experience a slight amount of pressure, but no pain. If you feel anything, just let us know and we will be sure to provide more anesthesia- Just Ask Us!
Will it hurt afterward?
As the medication wears off after surgery, you may feel a slight amount of tenderness around your tooth. However, that should subside after a day or two. If symptoms worsen or persist, contact our office and we will take care of you.
How long is the recovery time?
Although recovery tends to vary from patient to patient, most people can return to their normal activities that same day.
How much does a Root Canal cost?
During your initial consultation, we can go over costs and payment plan options with you.
What are benefits of Root Canal Therapy versus Tooth Extraction?
Although tooth extractions are necessary for some instances, it’s not the first option we recommend. Tooth extractions will require additional treatments to restore your tooth such as a dental implant. The whole goal of a root canal is to save your existing tooth rather than extracting it–which leaves you with a healthy mouth and an easier outcome.
Are there risks?
Although very rare, just like with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection after a root canal. Please follow the care guidelines we send you home with, to help prevent any issues. If you do have any problems, make sure to call us right away, and we will handle the emergency.
Let us help you have a healthy and happy smile. Ready to schedule your root canal? Contact our Springfield office today at (413) 781-7645
“A root canal that was fun! After years of my own neglect, Dr. Peck and staff are giving me back my smile. It is so different than my childhood memories of the trip to the dentist! Compassion, humor, top flight professionalism and great good will. I wish I came in years ago! We’re just starting, but I know it’s going to work out great.”
Tim Griffin Ellington, CT
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