Endodontic Services in Lexington & Belmont, MA
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp at the center of a tooth is inflamed or infected due to dental trauma, deep decay, repeated dental procedures, a faulty crown, or a fracture. During this procedure, the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, and the chamber is filled and sealed to prevent reinfection.
There are times when a tooth that has had a root canal becomes reinfected, cracked, or otherwise compromised. In these cases, endodontic retreatment is needed. This procedure involves removing the filling in the tooth chamber, cleaning and shaping the canals, then placing new filling in the tooth.
Endodontic or Apical Surgery
Endodontic surgery can locate small fractures and hidden canals that aren’t visible in x-rays, remove calcium deposits in the root canals, and treat damaged root surfaces and bone. One of the most common endodontic surgeries is apicoectomy, or apical surgery, which removes the tip of the tooth’s root.
Dentists often refer patients to endodontists in cases of dental trauma because we specialize in saving natural teeth. With prompt treatment and expert care, it’s often possible to prevent the need for extraction and costly restorations.
It’s common for teeth that have been injured or damaged to darken. This discoloration cannot be treated by conventional teeth whitening treatments—instead, internal bleaching is needed to whiten the tooth from the inside.
Cracks in teeth can cause a great deal of pain, but they are often difficult to locate. Endodontists have the training and technology to find these cracks and provide treatment to relieve discomfort and save damaged teeth.
A pulpectomy is a treatment for teeth with deep decay that reaches the pulp. This procedure involves the removal of coronal and apical pulp tissue.
Although we use local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable during your endodontic procedure, we know that some patients need help relaxing during their appointment. We offer nitrous oxide, a mild form of sedation, to ease anxiety.