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Do you have a decayed tooth? Our dental office offers excellent root canal therapy in Manchester, NH. A root canal is a treatment that saves and repairs an infected or a severely decayed tooth. The term refers to the natural cavity in the middle of a tooth.
How Are Teeth Structured?
A tooth’s root canal has a pulp chamber, which is the soft part inside the tooth. The tooth’s nerves are inside its root canal. However, they aren’t essential once a tooth emerges above the gums. The nerves are sensitive to cold or hot sensations. A nerve’s absence doesn’t alter a tooth’s daily functions.
Why Should Tooth Pulp Be Removed?
Once a tooth’s nerve or pulp gets damaged, it disintegrates. Bacteria start multiplying in the pulp chamber. It could cause an abscessed tooth or an infection. An abscess is a pocket that forms at the tips of the tooth’s roots. It occurs after an infection spreads beyond a tooth’s roots. Moreover, a root canal infection could cause:
- Bone loss near the root’s tip.
- A drainage complication that spreads to the gums. A hole could appear at the tooth’s side draining waste into an individual’s gums or skin.
- An intense swelling of the face, head, and neck.
What Causes Tooth Nerve Damage?
A tooth’s nerves tissue could be infected, inflamed and irritated due to a crack in the tooth, large fillings, severe decay or facial trauma.
How Do We Perform a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment requires several visits to a dental facility. Dentists or endodontists can perform it. An endodontist specializes in the causes, diagnosis, mitigation, and treatment of nerve or pulp infections and injuries. A patient’s choice of the preferred dentist depends on the complexity of the required root canal therapy.
Once a patient visits us, we first take their X-ray. It enables us to have a clear view of their root canals and analyzing any visible signs of infection in adjacent bones. We then numb the tooth area with anesthesia to relax the patient.
Once the dentist cleans the tooth, he or she seals it. It could be done immediately or after a week. For instance, if a severe infection occurs, a dentist could clean the tooth with oral medication. In case the root canal treatment doesn’t end in a day, they place a removable filling in the access hole to block contaminants such as food.
During the following appointment, the dentist fills the tooth’s cavity with gutta-percha or a sealer paste. They place a filling to seal the access hole. The final procedure comprises of restoring a tooth. A tooth requiring a root canal often has an extensive filling or a crown. It should be protected from breaking for it to function correctly.
Tooth loss is a serious health concern to most people. Contact us and book an appointment at our Manchester office.