Root Canal Model

Root Canal

An infected tooth can cause significant discomfort, and if left untreated, can damage your tooth and oral health. 

Fortunately, a root canal at Whiteman Dental Associates in Brookline, MA, is a virtually painless procedure that can treat advanced decay.

Dr. Daniel Whiteman has over 20 years of experience. Find out how he can eliminate pain and restore your smile...

Root Canal Model

Root Canals Can Prevent the Need for an Extraction

Large cavities and cracks in the teeth can allow bacteria to enter the root canals, where the pulp, or soft inner tissues reside. For many patients, root canal treatment can remove decay and preserve the healthy outer tooth structure.

A root canal at Whiteman Dental Associates can prevent the need for tooth extraction by removing the infected tissues in the root canals, and filling the empty space with a durable dental material. To fully restore the tooth, a natural-looking dental crown is typically placed as well.

X-Ray of Irritated Tooth

Why Choose Dr. Whiteman? Advanced Techniques to Ensure Your Comfort

Dr. Whiteman understands that undergoing dental treatment can be daunting. However, with advances in dental technology, a dentist can provide patients with quick and comfortable root canal treatment. At our practice serving Brookline and Boston, MA, we are committed to offering a range of options to ensure a virtually pain-free root canal.

Local Anesthetic

Before performing a root canal, local anesthetic is carefully applied to numb the teeth and the gum tissue surrounding the pulp. In addition to this common and routinely used anesthetic, our dentist can administer other types of sedation to ensure optimum comfort.

PLI

A Periodontal Ligament Injection (PLI) involves the dentist administering anesthetic directly at the point where the tooth and gums meet. It's a great option for patients that are unresponsive to traditional anesthetic or prefer that numbness is focused on a targeted area rather than the whole mouth. 

Intraosseous Anesthetic

Intraosseous anesthetic is a numbing agent delivered directly into your jaw. This option is available to patients when other anesthetics fail to sufficiently numb the treatment area prior to the root canal.

Personalized Treatment Plan 

Thanks to our cutting-edge dental techniques, most patients find that root canal treatment is a pain-free experience. If needed, Dr. Whiteman will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you manage any pain following the root canal, ensuring that you are cared for even after you leave our office. 

"Dr Whiteman Is an Excellent Dentist" 5-Star Reviews

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Peaco Todd

2018

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Dr. Whiteman does superior work and is always extremely sensitive to discomfort and pain -- he has a great sense of humor and somehow manages to make time in the chair actually fun. My teeth have never been in better shape and now, when I think about going to the dentist, my feelings, while still not quite joyful anticipation, are those of confidence that I'll be in great hands and well and gently taken care of.

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Cherille Berman

2020

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Dr Whiteman is an excellent dentist. I trust him as he is conservative in his approach and really takes the time to educate his patients about their choices. Their hygienist is very experienced and did a good job The office is efficiently run so there is no wait time and the staff are friendly and helpful

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Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing the symptoms of a tooth infection, please contact our dentist today. Our amazing staff provides prompt and efficient service; in addition, access to our WiFi hotspot allows you to stay connected to the Internet through the entirety of your visit. Dr. Whiteman has been practicing for over 25 years and holds several distinctions:

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • ADA-compliant office 
  • Uses the most up-to-date materials and techniques

Our dentist's office is in T-accessible locations for patients in Brookline and Boston, MA, that utilize public transportation. Request an appointment online or call us at:

(617) 731-4746

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Dr. Whiteman performing treatment on a patient at Whiteman Dental Associates

Root Canal Therapy: The Basics

Watch this video to see what happens during the root canal procedure.

What to Expect Step-by-Step

Our advanced technology allows the dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait.
Our advanced technology allows the dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait.

Numb the Area

Before the dentist performs the root canal, your affected tooth and the surrounding area will be carefully numbed. Once the effects of the local anesthetic set in, you should not feel any pain or discomfort for the remainder of the procedure.

Create Opening

An opening is made on the surface of the tooth to access the inner pulp chamber, which contains nerve endings and blood vessels.

Clear Infection

Through this access point, the dentist can extract bacterium and the pulp tissues. Dr. Whiteman also uses cutting-edge Waterlase® technology to sterilize the teeth and prevent reinfection.

Seal Tooth

The empty pulp chamber is filled with an inert rubber-like substance and the tooth is sealed closed.

Place the Crown

Finally, the remaining healthy outer portions of the tooth will be reshaped to accommodate a custom dental crown. Our advanced imaging and milling system allows our dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait, giving you quick, high quality results.

Same-Day Restoration and Beautiful Custom Crowns 

At Whiteman Dental Associates, we are proud to provide the Boston and Brookline, MA, region with superior quality dentistry and technology. In addition to expert, comfortable root canal therapy, Dr. Whiteman offers custom restorations. Our dental crowns are made using our on-site CEREC® imaging and milling system. This advanced, trusted technology fabricates custom crowns within an hour so you don't have to return to our dental office for a second visit. While same-day crowns are not the best solution for every patient, trust that our experienced dentist will ultimately provide you with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Cerec Machine
The CEREC dental imaging and milling system

Our Crowns Are Indistinguishable from Natural Teeth

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After Root Canal
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Natasha Egorova

2019

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Absolutely love this office  Karen and Dr. Whiteman and staff are
Very professional. Office clean, state of the art equipment and great hands!

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Meghan Guidry

2019

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Dr. Whiteman and the team are phenomenal! I came to their practice in 2016 after nearly six years of not having regular dental care. They were kind, informative, patient, respectful of my budget and the treatment pacing it required, and never once made me feel like I was at fault. I can't recommend this practice and the people who make it possible enough! 

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Root Canal FAQs

How Successful Are Root Canals?

The majority of root canals are successful in eliminating the infection, removing the decayed pulp, and saving the natural tooth. The International Endodontic Journal reports a 95% success rate associated with root canal treatment. Of course, it is important to have an experienced dentist or endodontist perform the procedure. We are highly trusted in this field in the Boston and Brookline area, providing successful root canals to our patients since 2003.

What Are the Risks?

Root canal treatment comes with some risk. However, the chance of complications is extremely low. In fact, you face more severe risks and damage to your oral health if you choose to not undergo a root canal. Pain, bacterial spread from the pulp, development of abscesses in the jaw, and in some cases, life-threatening infections are risks of forgoing a root canal.

Are Root Canals Expensive?

In many cases, root canal treatment is the most cost-effective way to repair damaged teeth. Alternatives such as tooth extraction and dental implants can be more expensive. Whiteman Dental Associates accepts all major insurances to help alleviate the cost of a root canal. Our office serving Brookline and Boston, MA, office also accepts cash, credit card, and checks. We provide you with accurate cost information and work to accommodate your needs.

What Are the Benefits of Treatment?

There are many benefits of undergoing root canal therapy. Most importantly, the dentist should be able to save your natural tooth without extraction and a costly implant. After a root canal, your pain and sensitivity around the cavity or infected pulp area should subside almost immediately. Root canal therapy is a fast procedure and oftentimes, no follow-up visit is required. 

Dr. Whiteman

Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman

Dr. Whiteman is dedicated to providing exceptional care at his Brookline, MA, practice: 

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • Over 20 years in practice 
  • Uses state-of-the-art technology 
  • ADA-compliant office 
  • Comprehensive cosmetic and restorative treatments
  • Patient-oriented approach

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (617) 731-4746.

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