Root Canal Therapy in Merrimack, NH

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What is a root canal?

If detected early, tooth decay can be addressed with a filling or a similar procedure to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal or endodontic treatment. Our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, performs root canals at Something To Smile About by removing the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizing the cavity, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Dr. Boulard may recommend a root canal to patients because it not only treats the infected tooth, but it prevents the decay from spreading to other teeth which can create a larger issue.

If you suspect you could benefit from a root canal, we understand if you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often shy away from going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Dr. Boulard and his team will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and relaxed during the treatment. We can also provide several methods of sedation and local numbing injections for the duration of the procedure. Contact Something To Smile About to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boulard for more information on root canals and sedation dentistry.

Who needs a root canal?

An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or physical trauma. Common signs that you could have an infection are:

  • A discolored (gray) tooth
  • Tooth or jaw pain
  • Swelling in the gums or area of the face where the tooth is located
  • A damaged tooth that will need a fixed restoration for repair

If the infected pulp is not removed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental treatments.

What are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?

Root canals provide many dental benefits to patients. Removing the damaged pulp and sanitizing the cavity prevents decay from spreading to the other teeth, saving you from more extensive dental work in the future. In addition, a root canal can relieve tooth pain caused by infection or inflammation. After the procedure, Dr. Boulard seals the tooth to prevent re-infection, restoring the tooth to its full function once again. Patients at our clinic report feeling little to no discomfort during or after the procedure.

Dr. Boulard's root canal techniques

Before your scheduled root canal, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Boulard. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious or on edge during your treatment in our office. Many patients ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or some form of sedation to get them through a root canal. Dr. Boulard is very sympathetic about dental anxieties, and he will try to help you make the appropriate decision about your sedation needs.

During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Boulard will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any leftover debris. To conclude the procedure, the tooth is filled with a special material and sealed to protect the tooth.

Caring for your teeth after a root canal

Based on the method of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your root canal. Your mouth may feel tender or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you set up a follow-up appointment for about six months post-procedure. Dr. Boulard will examine the area to make sure the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and twice-yearly cleanings to maintain your dental health.

Root Canal Therapy FAQ

How bad does a root canal hurt?

Many patients may wince at the idea of getting a root canal, concerned about pain. In reality, root canal therapy performed by Dr. Boulard isn't uncomfortable for the majority of people. Before your procedure begins, Dr. Boulard will completely numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. If anxiety or pain is a concern, we also offer sedation options to help ensure your procedure is as easy and comfortable as possible.

How long does it take to get a root canal?

An average root canal procedure can typically be completed in an hour or less.

How long is recovery after a root canal?

Most patients feel back to normal within 3 – 7 days. Any discomfort is usually mild and easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Are root canals safe?

Yes, for most patients, root canal therapy is a very safe and effective procedure with up to a 90% success rate and little or no risk of complications.

Let's get to the bottom of your infected tooth

Thanks to advancements in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Something To Smile About can be beneficial in order to avoid further tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our team in Merrimack, NH to set up a consultation with Dr. Boulard for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.

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