Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Pelham NH

A root canal treatment is performed in order to save an infected tooth. Severe tooth decay, cracks, and damage allow bacteria to enter the tooth. Once the bacteria reaches the tooth’s pulp, patients may experience pain. The pulp will need to be removed in order to save the tooth. Patients are encouraged to contact us with any dental concern. Tooth pain is a common sign of an infected tooth and should be examined right away.

What is a tooth pulp?

The tooth pulp is made of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. It is found inside the tooth and reaches  down to each root canal. The pulp’s primary function is to produce dentin, which is the second layer of the tooth.

How does a tooth become infected?

Tooth infections can happen from bacteria entering the tooth. Issues like tooth decay, cracks, and fractures can expose the tooth to bacterial colonization. Once the bacteria enters the tooth and reaches the pulp, the tooth will likely need a root canal.

What are symptoms of a tooth infection?

Symptoms will vary between patients. Some may not even notice any signs which is why dental exams are important. Below is a list of common symptoms.

  • Severe pain in the tooth, jaw, or neck
  • Facial swelling
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever

What is the procedure of a root canal?

A root canal is usually performed by an endodontist. In general, the affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic. A rubber piece is then placed around the affect tooth to keep it dry. Next, the endodontist enters the tooth through an opening at the crown. He or she then removes the pulp and nerve while eliminating the bacteria. Once the tooth is clean, the endodontist seals the root canals and tooth. The patient will receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth while a custom dental crown is being made. A few weeks later, the custom crown is permanently attached to the tooth.

Contact Us Today

Tooth pain could be a sign of an underlying issue. Contact our office today to schedule an exam. Call (603) 635-2146.