Root Canals

Dental Health and Root Canals

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

What is the purpose of a root canal?

A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. 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.

 

Good News!

We are happy to announce that Folan Family Dental has re-opened!* We are now located at 540 Gallivan Blvd, Dorchester, just a few steps from our previous office. We couldn’t be happier to remain in the Adam’s Village neighborhood!

We used the same architect and construction company as our previous office and are thrilled with how the new office came out. The current office is slightly larger than our previous practice with five treatment rooms, the latest equipment and technology, a comfortable reception area and for our young patients: a children’s play area.

All the photographs were saved and are now hung up. We have added to our seasonal decorations and believe the office has a “homey” feel to it. FFD now has on-site parking for patients during their appointments. Our practice is located on the second floor, and the building has an elevator.

When you come for an appointment, you will notice many of our staff members have remained with us. We are also excited to have a few wonderful additions to our personnel.

To schedule an appointment, you can call FFD at (617) 265-8393 or send us an e-mail to FolanFamilyDental@gmail.com. Alternatively, patients are welcome to stop by our office, see the practice and book an appointment in person. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you and “catching up”.

*FFD built the new office after a fire in September, 2017 that destroyed our previous practice.

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