Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy at Worcester Endodontics
Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Mary Guzek and Dr. Mariya Shnaydman perform root canal therapy as a part of our services for patients in and around the Worcester, MA area. Call Worcester Endodontics today if you believe that you need a root canal.
What is root canal therapy?
A root canal is one of the most common dental services performed by one of our skilled endodontists. This simple endodontic treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp, and is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is root canal therapy performed?
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, one our skilled endodontists can recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending your specific case.
If your tooth is not amenable to root canal therapy, or if the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation at our dental practice, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.
Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman at Worcester Endodontics use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if necessary or requested. You will be able to drive home after your root canal therapy, and will most likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
Every person on the Worcester Endodontics team uses techniques which thoroughly clean, sterilize, and fill all the irregularities of the root canal systems. We recall our patients over a two-year period at no additional cost to be sure the teeth are healing the way they should.
This lower (mandibular) molar shows an infection at both the tip of the right (mesial) root and midway up the left (distal) side of the same root. The dark areas in both places indicate bone destruction due to this infection.
This six-month recall x-ray shows the root canal filling with branches sealing the sterilized root canal system, allowing for complete healing and reformation of the destroyed bone.
All x-rays are examples of work completed in the office of Worcester Endodontics.
What happens after root canal therapy?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a member of the Worcester Endodontics team will send a record of your treatment to your restorative dentist. You should contact his or her office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth after your root canal therapy. It is rare for patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. As with your other teeth, continue to practice good dental hygiene to preserve your newly healed tooth.
How much does root canal therapy cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors, such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Contact Worcester Endodontics today to schedule a root canal. Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman treat patients from Worcester, Marlborough, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Auburn, and other Massachusetts locations. If you are a referring dentist who is interested in learning more about our Worcester, MA endodontics practice, feel free to explore our website and contact our office. Our team looks forward to speaking with you.