Root Canals / Endodontics

One of the most common dental procedures is a root canal. The root canal is the space inside the tooth’s root that contains the tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue that holds the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause a great deal of pain and can lead to an abscess. 
 
The infection can be caused by several things, including a deep cavity, a crack in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. In that case, bacteria infiltrate the tooth’s root canal. A root canal procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the tooth, and sealing it. This can usually be done in one or two visits to the dentist. However, if the infection is severe, you may need additional treatment, such as antibiotics or surgery. In rare cases, an infected tooth may need to be extracted.
 
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from dental anxiety, having a root canal procedure can be downright scary. The idea of a root canal probably conjures up images of a lengthy, painful process. But the truth is root canal procedures are pretty gentle and relatively pain-free. With advances in technology, root canals have become much less invasive and more comfortable for patients. One of the most significant advances in root canal therapy has been the microscope.
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The use of microscopes in root canals has revolutionized the field of endodontics. With a microscope, endodontists can get a close-up view of the inside of the tooth, which allows them to remove the damaged tissue and clean the area. This results in a more successful root canal procedure and a quicker, more comfortable recovery for the patient.

At South Shore Dental prosthetics, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch root canal and endodontic care. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect when you come in for a procedure:

First, Dr. Nunez will numb the area around the tooth to be treated. This ensures your comfort throughout the procedure.
 
Next, she’ll access the tooth’s pulp chamber and clean it out. This involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp tissue and any debris.
Once the pulp chamber is clean, Dr. Nunez will fill it with a special material called gutta-percha. This helps to seal the tooth and prevent future infection. Finally, Dr. Pavlicic will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Here at South Shore Dental Prosthetics, we use the latest microscope technology, dental materials, and techniques to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed during their root canal procedures. We make sure to take extra care in numbing the area before we begin, so you shouldn’t feel any pain.
 
Once we’re finished, you’ll likely feel some relief from the tooth pain that you experienced before. And, with proper care, your tooth will be good as new! Root canals and endodontic procedures can be daunting, but our experienced team, led by Dr. Nunez, is here to ensure the process is as smooth and comfortable as possible. So, if you require a root canal or endodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to call us!

Root canal viewed with a dental microscope

Meet the doctors

Dr. Natali Nunez

Dr. Natali Nunez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She decided to pursue a career in dentistry at a young age. She attended the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. She went on to obtain Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University in New York City, where she graduated with Honors.

After dental school, Dr. Nunez completed advanced specialty training in endodontics at Harvard University and received a Master of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology from Harvard Medical School. Her research at Harvard focused on the relationship between clinical symptoms and oral biomarkers.

As a practitioner, Dr. Nunez prides herself on her compassion and on creating a supportive environment for her patients of all ages. She is passionate about education and emphasizes the connection between oral health and overall health. Dr. Nunez’s extensive training has ideally positioned her to provide outstanding patient-centered care at the vanguard of endodontic treatment. Dr. Nunez currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Association of Endodontists and teaches at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In her free time, Dr. Nunez enjoys yoga, cooking, food styling, and photography. 

Dr. Katarina Pavlicic

Dr. Pavlicic is a graduate of the Boston University Dental School.

In 2005, she attended Lutheran Medical Center’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program and was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Dental Graduate Study.

Dr. Pavlicic graduated from the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute and the Kois Center for Advanced Dentistry.

Dr. Pavlicic has been Oral Sedation DOCS Certified since 2006.

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