Unparalleled Endodontic Treatment
At Lowell Endodontics, our specialists perform all aspects of root canal treatments, including routine and complex root canal therapy, retreatments, and endodontic surgery. Our office uses digital X-rays, digital cone beam CAT scans, microscopes, and other green technology to ensure the best treatment.
Based in Lowell, MA, we strive to provide excellent endodontic care in a comfortable, friendly, and professional environment. This environment enables us to treat every patient with exceptional care.
After completing dental school, endodontists receive additional dental training to perform both complex and simple procedures, including root canal therapy. We have the expertise and training to diagnose and treat various endodontic problems.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and be removed. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although, on occasion, a tooth can develop new infections and need treatment again.
What can I expect for root canal therapy?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist. We place a rubber dam around the tooth while it is numb and create an opening. A series of root canal files are placed into the opening to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with a permanent filling or a temporary filling if an additional appointment is needed.
Root Canal Retreatment
Once in a while, root canal therapy is not always successful, and a patient may experience post-surgical complications. Root canal retreatment involves removing the previous crown and packing material, cleansing the root canals, and then repacking and re-crowning the tooth. If a tooth has good bone support, a solid surface, and healthy gums beneath it, it stands a good chance of being saved.
What can I expect for root canal retreatment?
The retreatment process is almost identical to the root canal therapy procedure. We will administer a local anesthetic and isolate the affected tooth with a rubber dam. If a crown and post have been placed, these will be removed. We will remove any filling material and obstructions and use tiny instruments to clean and reshape the root canals. When the dentist is confident that the root canals are completely clean, gutta-percha is used to pack the space. This rubbery material seals the canals to prevent bacterial invasion, and a temporary crown or filling is applied to the tooth.
If the infection in the root cannot be treated by root canal therapy, apical surgery is necessary. The apical procedure allows us to remove a portion of the root tip and seal the root canal. We recommend apical surgery to patients to remove an infection from the tip of the root of a tooth when a root canal is not enough to get rid of a root canal infection.
What can I expect from apical surgery?
We require that any smoking or use of tobacco products is seized before the surgery to prevent any infections or complications. It is also advised to abstain from alcohol for one week before the procedure and no eating or drinking after midnight the night before. We will provide you with aftercare instructions and necessary prescriptions well in advance, so you are ready to go when the day arrives. We will direct you to discontinue taking medications and supplements that can thin the blood.
Internal bleaching is a technique our endodontists utilize to whiten the appearance of teeth and is different to over-the-counter solutions used to whiten teeth. Internal bleaching can only be performed by your dentist after a successful root canal treatment.
77 E Merrimack St, Suite #4
Lowell, MA 01852
Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed