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Root Canal Therapy in Shirley, MA

Nashoba Valley Dental

Root canal therapy is a misunderstood procedure. Most people think that root canals are painful, take a long time, and have a long recovery period. But none of these things are true.

Over 15 million root canals are performed on infected teeth every year, and major advancements have been made over the years to make it more comfortable for patients. The procedure is safe, fast, and only about as invasive as a standard filling. Keep reading, and learn the truth about root canals in Shirley from Nashoba Valley Dental!

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

Nerve pulp lies underneath the external enamel and dentin of the tooth. If this pulp is infected because of tooth decay, or because of an injury that cracks the tooth and exposes it to bacteria in the mouth, it can become infected.

Tooth infections are extremely painful. If left untreated, patients will almost always lose the infected tooth. Root canal therapy removes all infected tissue, and eliminates bacteria inside your tooth, preserving it and protecting it.

The procedure begins with a teeth cleaning. Local anesthetic is then administered to the tooth, and it is isolated with a dental dam. Dr. Matthew Annese will use a dental drill to remove decayed tooth material, and create a small opening in the tooth.

Then specialized dental tools are used to clean and remove the infection. The tooth is treated with disinfectant, and cleaned once more.

Finally, a special type of latex rubber called gutta percha is used to replace the missing nerve pulp, preserving the strength of the tooth. Then, the tooth is sealed with a filling and possibly a temporary crown. You’ll schedule a follow-up for a permanent crown once it’s been made.

The Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

Root canals have a number of benefits which make them the best choice for treating an infected tooth.

  • Fast and convenient – Root canal therapy is usually very fast, and most dentists like Dr. Matthew Annese can offer emergency dental appointments for root canals, so you’ll be able to get treatment on your schedule.
  • Saves you money – Replacing a missing tooth is very expensive. But if you take care of an infection before you reach that point, you can save money and your tooth.
  • Relieves pain quickly – The pain of an infected tooth is debilitating and can affect your everyday life. A root canal relieves the pain, and helps you get things back to normal.

Need A Root Canal In Shirley, Groton, Or Lunenburg? Contact Us Today!

If you think that you may need a root canal to treat your infected tooth, don’t wait. Dr. Matthew Annese is the best choice for a root canal in Shirley. Plus, we also serve patients in Pepperhill, Leominster, Harvard, and all of the surrounding regions. Let us restore your tooth and minimize your pain today. Contact us at (978) 627-7395 to schedule your appointment today, or visit us in-person at our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464. We hope to see you soon!

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