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Root Canal Therapy – Lebanon, NH

End Your Pain and Preserve Your Tooth

Root canal therapy in Lebanon has a bad reputation, but in reality, it does not deserve to be so vilified. In fact, it is a remarkable restorative treatment with the potential to end a severe toothache and prevent the need for an extraction. It is also not nearly as uncomfortable as most people imagine. Read on below to learn more about what this procedure involves and how it may be able to benefit you.

Why Choose O&S Dental Professionals for Root Canal Therapy?

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

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Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the pulp (the innermost layer of a tooth) becomes infected or suffers damage. This can happen for a number of reasons, including decay or physical trauma.

Here are some signs that you might require root canal therapy:

Bear in mind that in some cases, root canal therapy is necessary even when a patient has no obvious symptoms. It is important to listen to treatment recommendations from your dentist in Lebanon.

The Root Canal Process

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We begin the root canal process by making sure our patient is comfortable. We numb the portion of the mouth where we will be working. In some cases, we also provide sedation. While we are performing the procedure, you should feel little to nothing.

During the treatment, we carefully access the interior portion of a tooth. Then, we clean out the damaged and infected tissue. We also remove the tooth’s nerve. Next, we fill in the tooth with a material called gutta-percha.

Following root canal therapy, we will likely place a temporary crown to protect the treated tooth. Later, the temporary crown should be replaced with a permanent one.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

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Some outstanding benefits of root canal therapy include:

Root Canal FAQs

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The O&S Dental Professionals team is ready to help Lebanon patients enjoy the benefits of root canal therapy. However, we understand if you are a little reluctant to move forward with this procedure. Learning more about it may do much to assuage your concerns. Take a look at the following FAQs. If you do not see the answers to your specific questions, reach out to us directly so we can personally assist you.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal?

Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, though, most people are feeling well enough to go back to work or school the day after their procedure. If you have a job that requires a lot of physical activity, it would be wise to take a bit of extra time off. Exercise can divert blood from the treatment site and slow down your ability to heal.

It is normal to experience oral soreness for several days after root canal therapy. We will give you detailed instructions to help you cope with discomfort. For example, you may need to adjust your diet and take over-the-counter pain medications.

Can I Eat Before a Root Canal?

If you will be sedated, you should fast for at least a few hours before your procedure. Abstaining from food will reduce the chances that the sedative will cause you to feel nauseated.

If you will not be sedated, your dentist might recommend that you eat a satisfying, nutritious meal before your appointment. Since you may not feel like eating right after your procedure, filling up beforehand is a good idea — just be sure to brush your teeth prior to your arrival at our office.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Root canal therapy is consistently successful. The vast majority of patients go on to enjoy many years of reliable function from their treated tooth. In fact, your results could easily last throughout your lifetime!

Of course, it is important that you take good care of your mouth. Excellent oral hygiene, a reasonable diet, and other precautions can reduce the risk that your treated tooth will suffer damage and require further treatment.

What Happens If You Wait Too Long for a Root Canal?

A unique feature of teeth is that they are incapable of healing themselves. Any damage to you tooth is likely to worsen if you do not receive timely root canal therapy. In fact, the situation could become so bad that a root canal is no longer a viable option; you may need to get the tooth extracted instead.

Also, keep in mind that an infection in a tooth can spread into nearby tissues. In rare cases, untreated tooth infections have led to life-threatening complications!