Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and wishing you could turn back the clock on your smile? Over time, decay and other dental problems can wreak havoc on your teeth. Fortunately, your Salem, NH, dentists, Dr. Nicholas Papapetros and Jhon Giraldo of Stiles Family Dentistry, can preserve both the health and the appearance of your teeth thanks to root canals. Learn how this therapeutic procedure restores your smile.
What is a root canal?
A lot of misinformation still exists about root canals, and your Salem dentist wants to educate patients on the current facts about them. The procedure is also called endodontic therapy, which refers to the inner portions of the tooth that need treatment after decay on the enamel has progressed further into the tooth's structure. At this point, many people experience pain due to the proximity of the infection to the nerves within the affected tooth. Root canals are designed to protect the tooth from further problems by removing the damaged inner tissues and replacing them with a rubber material so the tooth isn't hollow and fragile. A porcelain or metal crown is then placed on top for additional support.
What can I expect from a root canal?
As with many dental procedures, research and development into technology and procedures have improved the time they take and the pain involved. Root canals can be thought of as a more intensive cavity filling, as they require the same tools and anesthesia and serve the same purpose: to remove decay and protect the tooth from more damage. Depending on the extent of your problem, you can expect to spend about an hour at Stiles Family Dentistry for a root canal. There is no downtime involved afterward. If you're nervous about most dental procedures, talk to your Salem dentist about how sedation dentistry can help make this an easier and more comfortable process for you.
If you think you might need a root canal, or any other dental procedure, we want to hear from you! Contact Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH, to set up a consultation with either Dr. Papapetros or Dr. Giraldo today!