Root canals are passages that branch from the top of the tooth, extending down to the tip of the tooth root. All teeth have one to four root canals. The pulp of the tooth is inside the tooth and contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue. When an infection reaches the pulp of the tooth and progresses, it can begin to affect the tooth root. When the inside of the tooth is diseased, this can result in sensitivity and pain. A further infection can cause pus to develop within the tooth and lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy involves removing the diseased material inside the tooth, which stops the infection and restores the healthy part of the tooth. As it is always the goal of our dentist to retain your natural tooth structure whenever possible, root canal therapy allows the natural tooth to be saved, whereas before root canal therapy, it likely would need to be extracted. For any root canal needs in or around Lowell, Dracut, Methuen, Tyngsborough, Pelham, Lawrence, Boston, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Milton, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Rochester, Marion, contact us today for a free consultation.