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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy
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We perform root canal therapy to treat pulp tissue that is either inflamed or infected, which saves your natural tooth from needing to be extracted and replaced with an implant or bridge. Although it’s possible not to have any symptoms when a root canal is needed, most patients experience severe dental or facial pain when they have inflamed or infected pulp, as this tissue is rich in blood vessels and nerve endings, making it prone to sensitivity.

Unfortunately, many people come to our office with the expectation that root canal treatment is painful. In fact, the opposite is true—root canal therapy relieves dental pain and most patients leave feeling better than when they came in. Modern endodontic technology and local anesthesia mean that getting a root canal is usually no more painful than having a cavity filled by your dentist.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure

Before your root canal treatment begins, your tooth and the area surrounding are thoroughly numbed to ensure your comfort. If needed, dental sedation can be used to help you relax during your procedure. We will create a small opening in the crown of your tooth, which allows us to access the pulp chamber and roots. The pulp is removed, then the canals are shaped, cleaned, and disinfected. If infection is severe, we may medicate your tooth and complete your treatment in a second visit. 

The next step in the process is to fill the canals and pulp chamber with a rubber-like material called gutta percha, which seals your tooth and prevents reinfection. A temporary restoration is placed to protect your tooth, then you’ll go to your dentist for a filling, crown, inlay, or onlay to permanently restore function, strength, and appearance to the treated tooth.

Once the local anesthesia wears off after your root canal treatment, you will feel some tenderness in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth and at the injection sites. This is typically mild and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. Avoid chewing with the treated tooth as long as it’s sensitive or has a temporary restoration in place.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

How long does a root canal take?

Root canal therapy typically takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, but this depends on the anatomy of your canals and how inflamed or infected the pulp inside the tooth is. In some cases, treatment may require multiple visits if infection or inflammation is severe.

Are you awake during a root canal?

While most patients choose to be awake during their root canal treatment, we do offer IV sedation. Although you are technically conscious with IV sedation, most patients have no awareness of the procedure and no recollection of it afterwards—in other words, they feel as if they’ve slept through their treatment. If you have dental anxiety, ask us about our sedation dentistry options.

What do you feel during a root canal?

You will feel pressure and movement as we work, but not pain. It’s also common to have some discomfort from keeping your mouth open during the procedure. Most patients are pleasantly surprised that their root canal treatment was much more comfortable than they expected.

Do you need a cap or crown after a root canal?

Most of the time, a crown (or cap) is needed after root canal treatment, but not always. There are times when a dental filling, inlay, or onlay is sufficient for restoring your treated tooth. Your dentist will advise you about your restoration options.

Are you looking for an endodontist in Hudson or Hooksett, NH? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

182 Central Street
Hudson, NH 03051
1310 Hooksett Road
Hooksett, NH 03106
60 Whittier Hwy, Unit 1
Moultonborough, NH 03254
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