119 East Main Street Gouverneur, New York 13642

FAQs: Root Canal

The root canal procedure can save a tooth that has been damaged. The root canal procedure has a reputation for being painful, however, under the care of a trusted dentist, your procedure can be quick and painless. Dr. Nicholas Gardner is an experienced dentist in Gouverneur, NY who is dedicated to helping patients improve their smile. With years of training, Dr. Gardner has the skill to help restore your tooth and improve your smile. For your convenience, we have answered a few questions related to the root canal procedure to give you more perspective.

Root Canal

Why would I need a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or damaged, causing pain or discomfort for the patient. A root canal can help alleviate any pressure or pain a patient may feel in their tooth.  An inflamed pulp may be caused by tooth decay, chip or fracture that has exposed the tooth root.

What are the signs and symptoms of needing a root canal?

Patients should be aware of increased swelling or tenderness, tooth sensitivity, tooth pain or discomfort, tooth discoloration, abscess, and any change in the appearance of your gums.

Will the root canal procedure hurt?

The root canal procedure often helps alleviate pain or discomfort you may feel. Dr. Gardner is a highly trained dentist with years of experience performs the root canal procedure. Before your procedure, you will be put under a local anesthetic to help you feel relaxed during your treatment.  Dr. Gardner will make sure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure to ensure you are receiving the care you need.  After your root canal procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, but it will alleviate after some time. Make sure to follow the after care instructions are given by Dr. Garnder to help aid your recovery.

What is the root canal procedure?

The root canal procedure can be performed in either one or two visits, depending on your particular case. The procedure will begin with Dr. Gardner applying a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, Dr. Gardner will remove the infected pulp from the tooth. He will then shape the surface to prepare it for a dental filling. The tooth is then filled with a biocompatible material. The final step is the restoration process. Dr. Gardner will attach a dental crown or another chosen restoration option to complete your root canal procedure.

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Looking for an experienced dentist in Gouverneur, NY? Our dental office serves patients in Gouverneur as well as Potsdam, Southern St. Lawrence, Northern Jefferson and Western Lewis counties. You can schedule an appointment online or call our office.


Nicholas F. Gardner, DDSGouverneur, NY Dentist119 East Main Street Gouverneur, New York 13642


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