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Root Canal in Windham

A root canal in Windham can save your natural smile. Other than being debilitating and distracting, pain is also Mother Nature’s way of telling you that something is wrong in your body. And if you’ve ever experienced a toothache, then you know that the message is hard to miss. A serious toothache is not something to ignore even for a short while. The pain and discomfort may be telling you and your dentist at Lifetime Dental Health that you have an infected tooth. To eliminate the pain, preserve your tooth and save your natural smile, a root canal in Windham could be the appropriate treatment. For many people, just the thought of a root canal sends chills down their spines. We don’t mean to make light of the seriousness of needing a root canal, but those fears are usually unfounded. The procedure is not painful. In fact, a root canal is meant to stop the normally excruciating pain of an infected tooth. Furthermore, with modern anesthetics and advanced dental techniques, the procedure is usually no more bothersome than having a cavity filled.

How Does Tooth Infection Occur?

Protective layers surround the inside of your tooth, which is called the pulp chamber. These layers, however, are not impenetrable. Despite the hardness of the outermost layer—enamel—and the added protection of another layer called dentin, bacteria can make their way to the pulp chamber and the canals that lead to the root tip. Severe tooth decay, a penetrating crack or a serious fracture to the tooth can create an opening that gives bacteria a way of entering this extremely sensitive part of your tooth. Inside the pulp chamber are tissues that keep the tooth alive—blood, lymph and nerve tissues. When bacteria enter the chamber, infection sets in and these tissues as well as the tooth begin to die. The infection causes inflammation and this is what leads to your unbearable toothache. Aside from pain, other signs and symptoms of the need for root canal therapy in Windham are:

If you notice any of these, then call Lifetime Dental Health to schedule an evaluation by the dentist. Although ignoring the pain is usually next to impossible, delaying treatment could allow the infection to spread beyond the tooth or make extraction unavoidable.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

After administering local anesthesia, the dentist uses special instruments to access the pulp chamber in order to remove the infection and tissues. The tooth is then disinfected and filled with gutta-percha, an inert material that prevents the tooth from becoming reinfected. Finally, the tooth is sealed and readied for a dental crown. Call us today if you’d like to schedule an appointment with the dentist. Lifetime Dental Health is located in Windham, Maine and offers modern care in the fields of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.

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