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Unless you’re a dentist you may not be inclined to celebrate National Root Canal Appreciation Day, which falls this year on May 11. But maybe you should. This treatment is necessary when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected. Once that happens, the only two options are extracting the tooth or performing a root canal.
You know what happens during an extraction: your tooth is removed. During a root canal, your dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and fills it with an inert material that maintains your dental structure. Usually you also get a dental crown, to strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage.
You may not be too excited about either option. However, in many cases, keeping the tooth may be the better choice. Here are four reasons why:
Pain is the primary symptom of an infected tooth. However, you may also notice a bump or swelling on your gums, a tooth that is sensitive to heat or cold, or dental discoloration. If you experience any of these issues, call Andover Smiles ASAP at 978-396-3935 for an appointment in our North Andover, MA office. We’ll get you in as quickly as possible for an exam.