Posts for tag: Root Canals

By Page Family Dentistry
March 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

The truth about root canals

Have you been told you need a root canal and now you’re scared about your treatment and what might happen? Well, don’t worry, root canals are nothing to fear, thanks to modern dental techniques and materials. Your treatment will be comfortable and quick, thanks to Root Canalthe skills of your dentists at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, Rhode Island. They are your family dentists and root canal experts in the neighborhood

Root canals, also called endodontic procedures were first begun in the late 1600’s but the technique has certainly changed since then! Before root canals became a common procedure, the only way to relieve pain was to extract the tooth. Now, thanks to the endodontic skills of your dentists at Page Family Dentistry, they are a modern, state-of-the-art dental treatment to remove pain but still keep your tooth.

Relief of dental pain doesn’t always require a root canal. When you need a root canal, it is usually because of deep dental decay, dental infection or trauma. Sometimes you may not even feel pain, but still need a root canal to prevent bone loss from an abscessed tooth. Your dentists at Page Family Dentistry will need to perform some tests and take x-rays to determine for sure if you need a root canal.

A root canal typically takes two to three visits. During your first visit, your dentists at Page Family Dentistry will open your tooth and remove the diseased tissue. They will put a sedative material in your tooth to help reduce the inflammation and close the opening with a temporary filling material.

When your tooth has calmed down and is no longer painful, your dentists will further clean and shape the inside of your tooth and fill it with an inert rubbery material called gutta-percha. They will close up the opening again, this time with a permanent metal filling.

When your root canal is complete, it’s time to think about a permanent restorative solution. Your dentists at Page Family Dentistry will discuss your various treatment options, but the best treatment is often a crown. It is better to fully cover a tooth because endodontically treated teeth are more fragile and susceptible to fracture.

When you need a root canal, don’t go see just anyone. You deserve the best. Stop in and see your dentists at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, Rhode Island. They will provide a comfortable experience before, during and after your root canal treatment. You have nothing to fear so call today!

By Page Family Dentistry
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalsA root canal is a very common dental procedure that drives infection away from a tooth and gives it a chance to regain its full health. How common? It’s estimated that 41,000 root canals are performed every day in the United States. If you have a problem tooth, you can have this dental treatment performed at the office of Dr. Marc Page, a family dentist in Providence RI.

How Tooth Infections Progress
A tooth infection can be an insidious thing because it often starts off as a tiny hole in the tooth that isn’t visible to the naked eye. Over time, the hole grows and allows bad bacteria to invade the inner parts of the tooth. As this process continues, an infection can develop that damages the pulp of the tooth, and it’s at this stage that a root canal becomes necessary.

The Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a dental therapy that cleans and strengthens an infected tooth. Your Providence family dentist removes the bad bacteria-ridden pulp from the inside of the tooth, disinfects the area thoroughly, and then fills the tooth with a material called gutta-percha. After that, the top is filled or crowned—the tooth has a chance to heal and stay rooted for many years to come. Without a root canal treatment, the infection will likely progress until the tooth has to be extracted.

How Successful Are Root Canals?
The American Association of Endodontists say that the vast majority of root canals are successful—about 89 percent of patients say that they are happy with the results of a root canal treatment. The purpose of a root canal is to avoid extraction. It’s always preferable for the patient to keep his or her natural teeth whenever possible.

Schedule a Consultation
The earlier you get treatment for an infected tooth the better for your overall dental health. A root canal is an effective solution offered by family dentist Dr. Marc Page. Call (401) 421-9350 to set up a day and time to have your infected tooth evaluated at his Providence, RI office. 



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