Although root canal therapy has a reputation for being unpleasant and painful, it is actually a remarkable treatment that is designed to relieve severe dental pain and prevent the need for a tooth extraction. When we perform this service, we do everything in our power to ensure that our patients are comfortable and that they experience the desired results. This page explains more about how root canal therapy from our Watertown, MA dentist works and what you can expect from it.
During the root canal therapy procedure, we use special tools to access the innermost portion of a tooth (the pulp). Then, we clean out the infected or damaged area and remove the tooth’s nerve, which was the primary cause of root canal-related pain. Then, we fill in the tooth with a material called gutta percha to help it maintain its structure. Finally, we may place a crown to protect the treated tooth from further harm. Anesthesia, along with sedation if requested, maximizes patient comfort throughout the treatment process.