Endodontics in Amherst, NH
"You need a root canal" is perhaps one of the most dreaded sentences in any dentist's office. But thanks to advances in technology, it doesn't have to be.
Today's root canals are fast, effective, and comfortable. Dr. Edwards and the staff of our Amherst, NH dental office have the skills and training to make sure your root canal doesn't have to be a traumatic experience.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Decay can make its way through the enamel of your tooth into the dentin and, if left untreated, into the soft pulp that surrounds the nerves of your teeth. If the pulp becomes infected, the tooth can abscess. This happens if the infection spreads past the root ends of the tooth.
An abscessed tooth can cause severe pain, inflammation, and drainage due to the infection. The root may die if left untreated. This stops the pain, but the infection will remain. This infection needs to be treated with a root canal.
Sometimes an infected tooth will have no symptoms at all, but still require a root canal. These are usually caught on x-rays. If your tooth is not hurting but needs a root canal, Dr. Edwards will discuss this with you and explain why root canal therapy is necessary.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, the dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth and then numb the area. An access hole will be drilled and any decay removed. The root canals are cleared of the decayed pulp and nerves using a series of small files. Finally, we will clean and seal the canals to prevent future infections.
If the decayed area is localized and small, we may be able to restore the tooth with a filling after the root canal is complete. For more extensive decay or if the tooth is weakened, a crown is normally used to cover the tooth and give it added protection and support.
The root canal procedure is relatively painless. You may experience some mild pain and tenderness for a day or two after your root canal. This pain can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. If the pain continues or is more severe, or if you have any other concerns after your root canal, be sure to let us know.
Once the area has healed from the infection you should be pain-free and able to eat, brush and floss normally. The most painful part of a root canal by far is the abscess before the treatment!
We know how painful an untreated abscess can be. If you're in pain, don't suffer any longer! Call our Amherst, NH dental office today and schedule an appointment!