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Lane S. Sofman, DDS

Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Healthy and beautiful smiles are our number one priority. At the practice of Lane S. Sofman, we offer a complete menu of the most up to date dental services meeting the needs of every member of your family. In addition we've taken great care to outfit our office with several amenities that will make your visits with us as comfortable as possible.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Root Canals in Newton

Why do I need one?

The pulp, or soft inner tissue is important during the tooth's development. Once a tooth is fully mature, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth is nourished by tissues surrounding it. The pulp is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin.

Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gum-line the dentin is covered by cementum. When a crack or cavity destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to irritants and bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation then infection, and, eventually, an abscess. Periodontal (gum) disease or a severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Endodontic therapy removes the damaged pulp and usually the tooth returns to a healthy condition.

If an abscess was present before treatment the healing process may take up to 2 years.