Root Canal Treatment
Lexington and Belmont, MA

Signs that a root canal may be necessary

Regular checkups with your dentist will allow the decay to be spotted and treated before you may have any real signs at all. Though, if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, schedule an appointment with Eagle Endodontics as you may be in need of a root canal. 

  • Persistent tooth pain. This may dissipate for a short period of time, but always comes back. 
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. 
  • The tooth is sore to the touch - or when you eat. 
  • Inflamed gums around the infected tooth. 
  • Pimple-like bumps or abscess on the gums. 

Keep in mind that signs and symptoms will vary for everyone and that there is no replacement for regular, routine dental checkups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is root canal treatment painful?

No, root canal treatment does not hurt. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area so that you don’t feel anything but comfortable during the procedure. You may, however, experience a little sensitivity and minor discomfort once the numbness wears off. This should subside in a couple of days. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide relief if needed.

Why does it take two days to complete a root canal?

endodontist finds that there is a lot of infection or inflammation then he will place medicated filling in the canals for the first visit.  The second visit the endodontist will open the tooth up and if the infection has settled then he will seal the tooth with root canal filling material.  Afterwards you are ready to be seen by your dentist to place a crown on the tooth.

Instead of a root canal, why not just extract the tooth?

As endodontists, our goal is to save your tooth. And that’s why extraction is a last resort - especially since missing teeth can lead to further dental issues down the road. By moving forward with the root canal, you are restoring your tooth’s health and functionality.