Posts for tag: Root Canals
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!
Dental pain can be unbearable. But a root canal might just be the solution!
Has one of our Salem, NH dentists Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo or Dr. Paul Masterson recently told you that you need to have a root canal? Do you have your procedure scheduled but are still feeling a bit nervous about it? That’s completely normal before any dental treatment, but our goal is to make you feel comfortable. Find out more about root canals and why there really isn’t anything to worry about.
What is a dental pulp and why does it need to be removed?
If you were to look inside the tooth you would find soft tissue known as the dental pulp. While the pulp was important for the development of the tooth, once the tooth has developed it doesn’t actually need the pulp to survive.
Sometimes decay, infection or direct trauma to the tooth can irritate or even infect the dental pulp. Once this problem reaches the inside of the tooth the only way for your general dentist in Salem, NH to treat the tooth is with a root canal.
Of course, many people who are dealing with any of these problems will often notice pretty persistent or severe dental pain. Tooth pain is not to be ignored. This pain can make it difficult to open your mouth or chew food. But the purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected or irritated pulp and eliminate your pain for good.
But aren’t root canals painful?
Sadly, root canals get a bad rap for being painful and invasive, but you’ll be surprised to find out that having this procedure done is really no more complicated or stressful than getting a dental filling placed. In fact, many root canals can be performed in just one or two visits, depending on the severity of your condition and other personal factors. But because this is performed under local anesthesia, you’ll feel comfortable during your treatment.
Don’t let a problem tooth ruin your smile. At the first sign of problems turn to Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH to get your smile back on track. Enjoy a healthy smile for life!