Root Canal Therapy
Most dental issues are progressive, and without prompt treatment, what starts as a small nuisance can blossom into a severe oral health complication. Tooth decay, for example, begins when oral bacteria form plaque and attack your tooth enamel. If left untreated, oral bacteria will infect the tooth’s main structure and can reach the nerves and blood vessels inside of the tooth’s pulp. In severe cases of tooth decay, a filling might not be enough and your dentist will have to perform root canal therapy (or endodontic treatment) to remove the infection. In many cases, root canal therapy is the only way to stop the spread of decay from the pulp and through the root canal connected to it.
The long-term benefit of root canal therapy is the preservation of your natural tooth, but immediately after the procedure, you may be most thankful for the absence of tooth pain. Internal infection causes severe discomfort in the tooth, which can only be relieved by removing the infected nerves and soft tissues.
Treating a Tooth’s Pulp and Root Canal
Like placing a tooth filling, root canal treatment requires removing oral bacteria and infected tooth structure from the tooth. To access the tooth’s pulp and root canal, your dentist will anesthetize the tooth, and then create a small hole in the tooth’s crown. Next, your dentist will carefully remove the infected tissues, then clean, sanitize, and fill the root canal and pulp to strengthen and protect them. Finally, your dentist will place a lifelike dental crown over the tooth to completely restore its strength and protect it from the pressures of biting and chewing.
Find out if you need root canal therapy
If you experience severe tooth pain, then let your dentist determine if your tooth is internally infected and requires root canal therapy. To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of our experts by calling the My Dentist office in Londonderry, NH, today at (603) 965-3407.