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What Is Dental Pulp?

Dental pulp is the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves in the center of a tooth.

Why Might Dental Pulp Need to Be Removed?

The dental pulp can become damaged from several things, including a cracked tooth, an injury or blow to a tooth, or a deep cavity. If damaged dental pulp is not removed, an abscess (a pus-filled pocket at the tooth’s root) can form. An infection in the root canal can also cause problems like:

– Swelling that can spread to the neck, head, or face
– Bone loss around the tooth’s root
– Drainage problems around the tooth’s root
– Severe toothache
– Prolonged tooth sensitivity
– Darkening of the tooth

What Can I Expect During Root Canal Therapy?

If root canal therapy is deemed necessary, our dentists will make an opening in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp is removed. The root canals are then cleaned thoroughly. After this, the root canals are permanently filled, usually with a material called gutta-percha. The root canals are then sealed. A dental crown may be placed to support the remaining tooth and to return it to its natural shape and appearance.

We invite you to contact New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry today at 603-672-6546 to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next visit. Our dentists in Amherst, New Hampshire, is excited to serve you and your smile!