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Root Canal Treatment in Keene, NH (New Hampshire)

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth.

Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. The infection can injure your jawbones and can even cause blood poisoning and harm to your body. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

Treatment often involves from one to three visits. While root canal treatment has been around for decades, recent advances in technology and materials have made it a more more predictable and pain-free treatment. After a root canal is complete it is vital to protect the tooth with a crown.

Modern root canal therapy can save teeth and your smile.

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