Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from otherwise certain extraction—it’s a proven procedure that will leave your mouth healthy and strong while restoring its natural appearance.

Root Canal Treatment

The inner structure of a tooth, known as the pulp, is a vital but vulnerable component. Encased within the protective enamel, the pulp can be compromised by deep cavities or sudden trauma, leading to a potential infection. Such infections can significantly threaten the tooth’s health and integrity. Without prompt intervention, the risk of tooth loss becomes imminent.

Root canal treatment is a crucial solution for addressing these serious inner tooth infections. This restorative dental care procedure targets the infected pulp, alleviating root canal pain and preventing further damage. Concerned about root canal cost? Rest assured, the investment in preserving your tooth’s health and function far outweighs the consequences of untreated root canal causes. Wondering, “do root canals hurt?” Modern techniques ensure minimal discomfort during the root canal procedure, offering a path to relief and restoration.

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  • How do I know if my root canal is infected?

    A patient suffering from an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize that there is something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following signs:

    • Severe and intense toothaches that won’t go away
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
    • Swollen and tender lymph nodes
    • Recurring abscesses on the gums
  • How do I know if I need a root canal procedure?

    Coursing through every tooth’s center is a vital bundle of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and sensation to each tooth. As long as the tooth stays healthy, you’re rarely aware of the systems at work.

    But pain rapidly changes your awareness in any part of the body. Tooth pain can be especially alarming, and it’s meant to warn you that something’s not right. Pain tells us that the bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth is irritated, damaged, or under attack.

    A deep cavity can give bacteria access to the inner nerve bundle. A crack extending into the same region can create stress that will need additional care to relieve. In some cases, a significant infection may develop in your jaw without any symptoms at all. If your dentist determines that the nerve won’t recover or infection is present, then root canal treatment may be suggested.

  • How much does a root canal cost?

    We aim to provide high-quality dental care that’s affordable for our patients in Littleton, MA. The cost of root canal treatment varies, depending on the location of the tooth needing treatment. Out of pocket cost for any procedure depends on your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure.

    Root Canal Cost: $1,100-$1,600

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  • What are alternatives to root canal treatment?

    Most people facing root canal treatment are curious as to whether there are alternative procedures worth considering. Since endodontic therapy is considered a “last line of defense” for restoring your tooth, the only remaining options are to have your tooth extracted or wait until you’re in pain and have it removed at a later date. Unfortunately, with either of these options, you risk the infection spreading deeper into your face or adjacent teeth. Getting a root canal is the best possible solution.

    If you opt to have your tooth extracted, there’s still the concern of replacing it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the extra space in your bite can throw off the alignment of your surrounding teeth. Two of the more common replacement options include a dental bridge or implant.

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At Nashoba Family Dentists, we believe in providing the best dental care at the most affordable prices. Make an appointment, contact our office, or explore all of the dental services we provide using the links below.

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Nashoba Family Dentists

256 Great Road, Suite 5
Littleton, MA 01460
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