Root Canal Therapy in Lexington, MA

The root canal is one of the most common restorative procedures currently performed in the United States. A root canal is when someone needs to have the interior of their tooth cleaned and restored following a severe infection or tooth decay. At Barry J Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA, we emphasize the importance of restoring the smile after it has been damaged to prevent more serious problems like permanent tooth loss. If you need a root canal, why not visit one of the most modern and comfortable offices in Lexington, MA?

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that removes diseased or infected soft pulp from the interior of one of your teeth. When plaque builds up and the exterior enamel of the tooth decays, it exposes this soft pulp. Once infected, the pulp starts to swell and decay, leading to tooth weakness and the real possibility of permanent loss.

To combat this problem, Barry J Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA performs quick and efficient root canals to clean out the interior of the tooth, sanitize it, and then fill it with a substance called gutta-percha. In the end, your tooth will be strong and durable again, and you can eat and chew without pain.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

Root canals are simple procedures, but they can take between one or two hours, depending on how infected and decayed your soft pulp is. During your initial consultation, our dentist will perform a visual and tactile exam to see whether the tooth can be saved. If it can, then we can either schedule the procedure for another day or begin to help alleviate your pain as soon as possible.

Will the Procedure Hurt?

Here at Barry J Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA, we use the most modern technology and anesthetics available. As a result, you feel no pain during the procedure. Instead, you will only feel some slight pressure as a dentist works on your tooth. Afterward, our staff can give you advice and prescribe medication to handle the swelling that might ensue. After two or three days, you will be able to chew, eat, and smile like normal.

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