December 3, 2015
Pain and swelling can signal an infected tooth. Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH provides gentle root canal therapy in a state of the art environment.
A swollen jaw, pain when chewing, pus at the gum line, a bad taste and odor–you may have a dental abscess. The dentists at Generations Dental Care treat infected teeth with skillful and precise root canal therapy in their Concord, Nh office, alleviating discomfort and preserving tooth structure.
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April 30, 2015
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.
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November 24, 2014
When you have a cavity, you know the drill. No pun intended. But what happens if the bacteria that causes decay on the outer surface of your tooth penetrates deeper? Well, that you could begin to feel if the soft tissue inside the tooth is affected. Then, repairing the tooth may require more than a filling. The dentists at Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, can restore teeth to their proper function and appearance with root canal therapy.
Although decay is the most common reason why a tooth would need a root canal, it’s not the only one. If a tooth suffers a deep crack due to injury, has had repeated dental procedures or a large filling, then a root canal may be necessary. And although many people think that root canal therapy is painful (with modern anesthetics, the procedure is usually painless), it’s actually not having a root canal that is painful. The toothache that ensues when a tooth’s pulp, or soft tissue, becomes infected by decay causing bacteria can be extreme. Other signs that a root can may be necessary include:
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Severe pain with chewing or any kind of pressure
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures on the tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
During a root canal, Dr. Tevyah Dines, the endodontist at Generations Dental Care, will remove the tooth’s infected pulp and nerve tissue along with any bacteria and debris. Once the root is meticulously cleaned, the doctor will fill the space with a biocompatible material and seal the root chamber. Then, the tooth is covered with a temporary crown to protect it. When your permanent crown is ready in a few weeks, you’ll return to the office for it to be cemented into place. With that, your tooth will be functional and your smile will be preserved.
Call Our Office Today
If you are experiencing a toothache, then don’t wait. Schedule an appointment at Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, to determine if root canal therapy is required. We also serve patients in Pembroke, Hooksett, Canterbury, Loudon, Bow, and Manchester and the surrounding communities.
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