Root canal therapy is a treatment for diseased or injured teeth designed to remove the source of infection or discomfort and allow you to keep your natural teeth. When you visit New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry for a root canal, your procedure is performed by our skilled endodontist to ensure that you receive the best care possible. Please call us at 603-672-6546 to learn more about root canal therapy in Amherst, New Hampshire, and to schedule your appointment with our root canal specialist.
Pain is a big clue that something is going on with your tooth. Occasionally, no symptoms are present. Your dentist will be able to determine the necessity of root canal therapy at your exam by reviewing the x-rays and doing a test that checks the tooth nerve. Some signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swelling and/or tenderness
If your tooth requires a root canal, the first thing your dentist will do is properly numb the area, so you will experience little or no discomfort during the procedure. When you are comfortable, your dentist will open the tooth and access the pulp chamber (the area inside the tooth where the living tissue is) and remove all of the tissue, along with any bacteria and decay. Finally, the chamber will be filled with permanent filling material and cement, and the tooth will be sealed with a temporary material.
Once your tooth has been treated with root canal therapy, that tooth is no longer vital. As such, you will be free from further pain in that tooth, but it will also lose much of its strength and can be vulnerable to breaks, chips and fractures. Generally, your dentist will recommend that you protect that tooth with a full-coverage restoration such as a crown to increase the longevity of your tooth and increase your ability to function with it.
If you have questions about root canal therapy, and to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please contact our office today.