Relieve Your Pain
Do you have an infected, decayed, or abscessed tooth? If so, you may require a dental procedure called root canal treatment. Our experienced team can eliminate the infection and save your natural tooth, so you can enjoy a healthy smile once again.
What Is a Root Canal?
If a tooth has a crack or deep cavity, bacteria can penetrate through the layers of your teeth and cause an infection inside the tooth. The three layers that make up your tooth include:
- The outer enamel layer covers the visible part of the tooth.
- Under the enamel is a thicker layer called the dentin.
- Inside the dentin is the pulp where all the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue are found. The pulp extends from the upper tooth down to the tip of the roots.
Once the infection has reached the pulp, the tooth will require a root canal treatment or it’ll eventually need to be extracted and replaced. This will prevent the collapse of your bite and problems with chewing and digestion. With root canal treatment, we can save your tooth and stop the infection from spreading and damaging other teeth.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
You may have a serious tooth infection and require root canal treatment if you’ve experienced any of the following:
- Severe pain while biting or chewing
- A toothache that extends to the jaw, neck, or ears
- Swelling in your face, neck, or throat
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
If you’ve experienced or currently having any of these symptoms, contact our Nashua dental office as soon as possible by calling (603) 882-3001. Your dentist will determine the best course of action and help relieve your pain and discomfort.
What to Expect With Root Canal Treatment
Before the procedure, we will provide you with a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to ensure you feel no pain. We’ll then create a small entry point at the top of the crown to reach the infected pulp. We will remove the pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and use a dental composite to seal the root canal. Afterward, our Nashua dental team will, if needed, place a natural-looking crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage.