Root canals today are one of the most common dental procedures—some 15 million are performed annually in this country—but a dental crown remains the best way to protect a treated tooth. Until now. New studies are showing scientists how they can create new blood vessels in the root of the tooth, producing better outcomes for patients and dentists.
Patients who need to come to our Amherst, NH practice for root canal therapy will find that a dental crown is still recommended, but we will keep an eye on technology as it helps improve the entire process.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that treats an infection that develops deep in the root of the tooth. It often presents as a toothache that goes from bad to unbearable, sending patients to the dentist.
Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp and nerves from the tooth root through a tiny hole made in the affected tooth. Your dentist will thoroughly clean the area, douse it with antibiotics to clear all traces of infection, then seal the tooth. For most patients, a dental crown is needed to ensure the remaining tooth structure is strong enough to handle the force of chewing.
If pain brought you into the dentist, a root canal will eliminate it, although there might be some tenderness in the area for a few days.
Call Us If You Are Experiencing a Toothache
Dental pain is never healthy, and if your pain is severe, give us a call right away. The pain will not go away on its own, and if your tooth root is infected, there is a chance infection can spread throughout your mouth. Today’s root canals are no worse than getting a dental filling, and treatment will alleviate your pain. Call Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards’s Amherst, NH practice if you need a root canal.