Each one of your teeth is an amazing structure. Attractive, functional and quite tough. But did you know that tough exterior hides a soft interior? Literally. At the core of each tooth is soft pulp, containing nerve and lymph tissue, as well as blood vessels. If that tough exterior should happen to be broken, then the soft pulp is highly susceptible to infection. If this happens, then a root canal is necessary. The dentists at Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, offer root canal therapy to restore your tooth’s good health.
Perhaps the most obvious and common sign that a tooth is infected is pain. The pain can be moderate to severe and usually does not dissipate. Other indicators include:
- Swelling and redness of the gums and other soft tissue around the infected tooth
- A tooth that is suddenly discolored
- Facial swelling
- Bad breath
- Signs of infection on an x-ray
The Ins and Outs of Root Canal
When patients come to Generations Dental Care for root canal therapy, the first thing our dentists do is make sure they’re composed and comfortable. For those who need a little help relaxing, our office offers oral conscious sedation. Once settled, we’ll get to work removing the infection and repairing your tooth.
To remove the infection, one of our dentists accesses the pulp chamber and removes that tissue along with the infection and its debris. The chamber and the attached root canals are disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material. The chamber is then sealed and the tooth is prepared for a crown that will protect the tooth from further damage and restore its strength and function.
After you’ve healed and your dentist is certain the infection has been eliminated, you’ll return to Generations Dental Care to have your permanent crown placed.
Call Our Office Today
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then you may need root canal therapy. Schedule an appointment with Generations Dental Care. We serve patients in Concord, NH, as well as from Penacook, Bow, Canterbury, Chichester, Pembroke, Manchester, Hooksett, Boscawen, Epsom, Hopkinton and Loudon.