Root Canal Treatment

Tooth decay is the most common chronic concern for smiles of all ages. In most cases, the condition can often be treated with a minimally invasive, tooth-colored filling. However, in more severe cases of tooth decay, endodontic treatment (also known as root canal treatment) may be the only way to successfully remove the infection from your tooth. Because it’s reserved for more extreme cases of decay, hesitating to receive root canal treatment could lead to more disastrous consequences and the need for tooth extraction.

What Is Endodontic Treatment?

Endodontic treatment describes the treatment of your tooth’s inner structures. That includes the pulp chamber that houses its nerves and blood vessels, and the inside of the root (or root canal) that extends into your jawbone. After carefully removing the harmful bacteria and infected tooth tissues from these structures, we can fill them with durable, biocompatible materials to reinforce their strength. Then, we may cap the tooth with a custom-made, lifelike dental crown to complete your tooth’s restoration.

The Benefits of Treating Root Canals

  • Relief from intense tooth pain – When the inner chambers and tissues of your tooth become infected, the discomfort is usually intense. The only way to relieve it and stop it from growing worse is to treat the tooth and remove the decayed tissues.
  • Improved bite function – In addition to the pain that internal tooth decay can cause, the infection can also make your tooth weaker and unable to absorb your bite pressure comfortably. By restoring the tooth, root canal treatment also restores your proper bite function.
  • Avoiding tooth extraction – If you hesitate to treat a severely infected tooth, it may be too late to save it by the time you do seek treatment. Saving your smile may require tooth extraction and replacement.

Learn if You Need Root Canal Treatment

Severe tooth decay can become a serious threat to your oral health and source of extreme discomfort. With root canal treatment, you can eliminate it and save your tooth. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.