Endodontics refers to the treatment of internal tooth structures. At Brighton Family Dental Group, Dr. Villani and Dr. Kondrat offer simple, one-visit root canals when appropriate. Modern root canal therapy is less invasive, more precise, more comfortable, and more effective than in years past.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Inside each tooth, a canal houses dental pulp, also called the tooth’s nerve. The pulp brings nutrients to the tooth, removes waste, and sustains life. If a deep cavity or fracture compromises the sealed canal, the pulp can become infected. As bacteria build up, pressure ensues, and you can develop a serious toothache. When the internal canal of a tooth is infected, the tooth can be extracted, or, in some cases, salvaged with root canal therapy.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
To perform a root canal, the dentist will administer anesthetic to completely numb the affected tooth. Then he'll use fine, precise tools to remove the infected pulp. A manmade substance is inserted into the tooth's canal before a dental crown is secured on top. Without pulp, a tooth is no longer alive, but it can remain intact if free of infection.
Brighton Family Dental Group is your home for family dental care. Dr. Villani, Dr. Kondrat, and our team of dental professionals look forward to partnering with you for a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you live in Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, or Newton, call us today at (617) 562-5210 to schedule appointments for you and the people you love most.