Though many people consider root canals to be a scary or unpleasant procedure, they are a powerful dental tool which can actually save your infected tooth’s structure and help you avoid tooth extraction. Understanding this important process and how it works can help you decrease your fear and undergo this procedure anxiety-free. Find out more about root canals, signs that you may need one, and how this procedure works with Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure used when a tooth has significant damage or decay which has compromised its inner tissues and nerves, normally causing a toothache. A root canal’s goal is to save the natural outside structure of the tooth while relieving pain and discomfort caused by the compromised nerves. Most patients report that their toothache is gone by the time they leave their dentist’s office and stays away for good after a root canal. Additionally, root canals help repair broken teeth which have exposed the inner tissue of the tooth to the elements, causing pain and discomfort.
Do I need a root canal?
While one of the most obvious signs of needing a root canal is a toothache, there are other signs and symptoms that a root canal could be in your future, including:
- unexplained bad breath
- a brown or black area of a tooth
- hot/cold sensitivity
- a small, pimple-like lump on the gums (known as a dental abscess)
Root Canal Therapy in Salem, NH
A root canal procedure usually takes about an hour and occurs during an appointment at your dentist’s office. Your dentist will numb your tooth prior to beginning the procedure so you will feel no discomfort during your treatment. Your dentist will then remove the tissues and nerves inside the tooth, fill it in, and, in most cases, complete the root canal by capping the tooth using a dental crown.
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Call today (603) 893-4538 to schedule your appointment!