Gentle Root Canal Therapy

in Lowell, MA

Pain from an infected tooth can be overwhelming, to the point where it’s all you can think about. Even if you aren’t experiencing any root canal symptoms like severe tooth pain, it’s important to have your dental issues taken care of by an experienced dentist before symptoms develop or the issue becomes worse. If you’ve been searching for a dental team that provides gentle and efficient root canal treatments, get in touch with our team at Bright Smiles Dental today!

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Why would I need a root canal?

Root canals are performed when a tooth has become infected, which can happen when untreated tooth decay or dental trauma leaves a tooth exposed to harmful bacteria. The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is by receiving an official diagnosis from a dentist, but there are a few signs that can indicate that you may need a root canal treatment, which include:

  • Unbearable tooth pain
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Change in gum or tooth color
  • Gum swelling or tenderness
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Are root canals painful?

Root canals have a reputation for being very scary, painful procedures, but due to advancements in dentistry and medicine, root canal treatments are not all that different from receiving a dental filling. Every root canal procedure begins with local anesthetic being applied to the gums near the tooth to completely numb the affected area. You will likely feel some pressure at some point during your treatment, but it should not be painful. Our team will make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease for the duration of your root canal treatment.

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Do I have to get a root canal?

Typically, the best treatment for a tooth infection is a root canal procedure. The infected pulp inside of the tooth must be cleared out so the tooth can be cleaned, sealed, and then protected with a dental crown. The only alternative to a root canal treatment is a dental extraction, which can become necessary if an infected tooth is ignored for too long. The best way to avoid needing a root canal is by taking good care of your teeth and gums at home and visiting our office regularly for routine cleanings and dental exams.