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Root Canals in Martha’s Vineyard - About the Procedure

Dr. Karen Gear performs root canals in Martha’s Vineyard to treat patients with infected tooth pulp. These infections are also referred to as “abscesses”. An abscess is considered a serious condition that can cause severe pain and damage to a patient’s oral health. When patients with abscesses do not receive root canals, the infection will continue to grow and cause damage to the tooth and supporting bone structure. In addition to inflicting pain and affecting oral health, an untreated infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the brain. In rare cases, avoiding root canals can have fatal consequences.

Your first visit is all about you — your comfort, your happiness, and your health.

As a leading professional of endodontics, Dr. Gear uses only the most advanced and up-to-date methods when performing root canals. The ultimate goal is for the patient to be as comfortable as possible. A root canal will typically consist of three steps:

  • Removing the diseased pulp from inside the tooth.
  • Cleaning and shaping the canal so that the tooth roots can be sealed. This can sometimes require two office visits.
  • The final step in root canals is to place a dental crown over the tooth for protection. 

Bring your smile, but also remember to:

  • Complete your patient information forms including your medical history
  • Bring in your dental insurance card
  • Bring in your Covid-19 vaccination card

Does Getting Root Canals in Martha’s Vineyard Hurt?

As with most of Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics treatments, root canals are relatively comfortable. However, it is not unusual to experience some minor sensitivity for a few days following the procedure. The level of discomfort that patients experience is relative to the extent of the infection before the procedure. Any mild over-the-counter pain medication can be used to alleviate this pain. If the pain persists, you should schedule an exam with your root canal specialist.
For more information on root canals in Martha’s Vineyard, contact Dr. Gear and schedule your consultation today!
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