August 6, 2015
An aching tooth, a swollen jaw, red gums–they may be signs of an ailing tooth in need of root canal therapy. Expertly performed by Dr. Tevyah J. Dines, endodontist at Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, “root canals” are comfortable, simple procedures that alleviate pain and preserve tooth structure.
The American Association of Endodontists says that saving a tooth is better than extraction because a natural tooth allows for:
- good biting and chewing
- maintenance of proper spacing between teeth
- normal facial appearance and speech
- a denser and wider jaw bone to anchor all teeth
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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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April 13, 2014
Root canal therapy is the most effective treatment used today to preserve natural teeth and prevent decay from causing further damage to the jaw and surrounding teeth. This common procedure can also help alleviate persistent pain caused by decay deep down within the tooth. At Generations Dental Care in Concord, NH, our team of dedicated doctors and specialists offer root canal therapy in a warm, welcoming environment that helps you feel comfortable at every visit.
How Do I Know if I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Only an experienced, skilled dentist can definitively determine the need for a root canal treatment, but there are some signs that you can watch out for at home. Pain in a tooth or in the gums is typically the sign of a problem that should be assessed by your dentist, but not all deep dental decay causes discomfort. If you notice a toothache that persists even after you have brushed and flossed your teeth, it is important to see our doctors as soon as possible for evaluation.
Other signs that a tooth may require root canal therapy include redness or inflammation in the gum tissue near a particular tooth and discoloration of the tooth itself. Decay that is visible from the outside may present itself as a dull gray color through the outer layer of enamel.
If root canal therapy is deemed necessary, we’ll make sure that you are completely comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. The entire area will be numbed so you won’t feel any pain. The diseased pulp within the affected tooth will be removed and the cavity will be thoroughly cleaned. This cavity will be filled and a crown will be placed over the tooth. As with any of our other procedures and treatments, we always welcome any questions or concerns you may have so that we may address them in a way that makes you feel comfortable.
Schedule Your Visit Today
If you suspect that you or anyone in your family may be suffering from tooth decay or an injury to a tooth, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. Our extensive array of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services – including root canal therapy – help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health that lasts a lifetime. Our conveniently located office in Concord, NH also proudly serves patients in the surrounding areas, including Loudon, Boscawen, Epsom, Pembroke, Penacook, Canterbury, Manchester, and beyond.
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