Root canal therapy, often just called a “root canal” for short, is a procedure used to clean and restore an infected tooth. This treatment eliminates the infection, restores the tooth, and protects it for years to come. With a root canal in Woburn, you can get rid of your painful toothache and preserve your tooth for years to come. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and get the help you need in Woburn right away.
Cavities usually don’t hurt. If your tooth hurts, it’s likely that you have an infected tooth, and you need to get root canal therapy to save it. Don’t wait. Contact Woburn Dental Associates right away to get the care you need.
To begin, your dentist at Woburn Dental Associates will perform a comprehensive exam to identify the extent of the decay in your tooth, put together a treatment plan, and ensure a root canal is right for you.
At your next appointment, your dentist will begin by numbing the treatment area. Then, they will clean up the tooth and create an opening in the tooth with a dental drill to access the pulp inside your tooth.
Once the tooth is opened up, your dentist will use special tools to clean out damaged and decayed pulp and nerve material, then the tooth will be flushed, and disinfected to eliminate any remaining bacteria.
As the final step, your tooth will be filled with an inert material to keep it strong, and covered up with a filling or temporary resin crown. If you need a crown, you’ll need to come back to our office in 1-2 weeks to be fitted for a permanent porcelain crown.
No. Despite what popular culture may have you think, the process is not painful at all. Your mouth will be numb and we offer sedation options at Woburn Dental Associates to keep you comfortable.
Your tooth may be a bit sore for a few days after treatment, since the process of cleaning out the tooth can irritate the gums and nerves near the base of the tooth. But this will fade quickly, and is much less painful than a toothache caused by an infected tooth.
If your tooth continues to hurt for 1-2 weeks after your appointment and your symptoms get worse, your dentist may not have been able to completely remove the infection in a single appointment. You’ll need root canal retreatment.
This procedure is pretty much identical to the initial root canal treatment. Additional x-rays may be taken to look for hidden structures in the teeth that may be hiding bacteria. Then, your tooth will be opened back up, and your dentist will clean it out again to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Your tooth will then be covered and sealed again to protect it.
Teeth can be brightened up to 10 shades in a single in-office teeth whitening session. It’s also the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry can solve just about any dental issue that’s related to the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is obviously used to treat stained teeth and can help you look younger. Bonding, shaping, and contouring can repair misshapen and uneven teeth, or treat minor tooth damage, such as chips or breaks. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Treatments as versatile as veneers or Lumineers can often be used to treat all the previously mentioned issues as well as correcting gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you’re likely a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Oppositely, cosmetic treatment is not right for you if you have oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. You’ll need restorative care or orthodontic treatment to resolve these problems before you can get cosmetic dental treatment. But often, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Yes. While this does depend on the type of treatment that’s right for you, it’s quite common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. Ask your dentist for more information, and to find out if you can have multiple procedures done at once.
It’s rare for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. These procedures are often listed as elective and not necessary to the health of your smile. In some cases, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost of treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. In most cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. Contact your insurer for more details on your dental insurance coverage. Then contact our practice to see if we have any available discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.
Cosmetic treatments and restorative dentistry are often used in combination to transform patients’ smiles.