Our gentle root canal treatment
Using the most modern technology available today, Dr. Shaban and the Quincy High Care Dentistry team can perform root canal therapy on virtually any tooth that requires it. Until recently, many teeth had to be extracted because endodontic therapy was not as advanced as it is today. With the aid of high magnification and illumination and better techniques in instrumentation, we are much better able to diagnose and treat teeth that at one time were deemed hopeless. Additionally, most procedures are done in one visit with no discomfort! If you want to do a root canal in the Quincy, MA area, look no further than Dr. Shaban and his team.
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems. Some of the first indications of a problem are pain and sensitivity. Inside, a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, leading to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a special treatment with a very high success rate. The diseased tissue is removed, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. Root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. Before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, extraction was the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth.
Root canal procedure
Root canal therapy usually entails no more than TWO visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canals experience little or no discomfort or pain and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.