Root Canals & Extractions in Concord, NH
Our goal at White Park Dental is to keep your teeth healthy so that they can last you a lifetime. Unfortunately, life can get in the way, so this doesn’t always happen. Injury and infection can severely damage teeth to the point where measures beyond cleaning or a simple filling are needed.
Most patients become fearful when they are told that they need a root canal or an extraction, but the truth is that both of these procedures are simple, effective, and – thanks to modern techniques and technology – more efficient and comfortable than ever before.
Your comfort is always our top priority, and we take your concerns seriously. If you are worried about your procedure, please let us know so that we can help you.
Root Canals – A Time-Tested Procedure to Save Your Tooth
People tend to associate root canals with pain, but the truth is that this is actually a routine procedure that relieves pain caused by severe decay and infection. A recent study conducted by the American Association of Endodontics (the branch of dentistry that includes root canal therapy) found that patients who were most likely to describe a root canal as painful had never even had a root canal!
Drs. Harvey and Bogacz work with specialists who have skills and experience in this procedure and have fantastic success rates. Root canal therapy gives us an opportunity to save your tooth, which is almost always preferable to losing it.
Extractions to Protect Your Oral Health
In some cases, it’s simply not practical or realistic to save a tooth, even with a root canal. If a tooth cannot be saved, it will need to be extracted to prevent infection or damage to your other teeth.
Some reasons why we might need to remove a tooth include:
- Severe decay has damaged a significant portion of the tooth.
- The tooth has broken beneath the gumline.
- The tooth is impacted (completely or partially trapped beneath the gum – a common problem with wisdom teeth).
- There is not enough space in your mouth and removing a tooth will relieve crowding.
- You are preparing for dentures or certain orthodontic procedures.
We take the time to make sure that your extraction procedure is done correctly, and we will make sure that you are kept comfortable throughout.
We Are There for You When You Need Us
Following your procedure, we will provide you with aftercare instructions so that you can stay comfortable while you heal. If you ever have a question or a concern, we urge you to call our office right away so that we can help you.
Proper self-care will prevent most types of complications, including dry socket, in the case of extraction.
Do I Need a Root Canal or an Extraction?
If you are experiencing any type of dental pain, please call us right away and let us know. Dental pain is never normal and is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Dr. Harvey or Dr. Bogacz will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain and the most appropriate treatment.