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Choosing a dentist is an important decision! After all, your dentist is a part of your healthcare team. Many patients have questions about a new practice. Here are some of the most popular questions we receive. If you have another question that is not listed here, we encourage you to call and speak to one of our helpful team members.
Root Canal Treatment
If You're Experiencing Pain, See A Doctor
If you’re experiencing pain on a tooth when biting down, or with temperature- usually hot, or with no stimulus at all, it's best to have the tooth examined. We want you out of pain so scheduling toothaches is a priority – usually the same day. At your visit we will take x-rays and examine the area. A root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is needed when the tooth nerve is infected and inflamed. This can happen if the tooth is injured, cracked, broken or decay (cavity) has reached the nerve. A root canal treatment involves removing the nerve and then sealing the canal to protect the tooth from further damage. A crown may be needed after the root canal to protect the integrity of the remaining tooth structure.
Gentle Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the internal tissue of a tooth, or the tissue surrounding the root tip, becomes infected. Infections cause swelling, which can become quite painful, especially when it involves the nerve. Rather than extracting a tooth, we provide gentle root canal treatment in our Albuquerque dental office.
Part of the process involved in root canal treatment is to remove the nerve and blood supply from the tooth canals. Because the tooth structure is intact, but without a blood supply, the tooth can become brittle.
If the tooth is out of occlusion (the bite) and is not subjected to the pressure caused by chewing, a filling may be enough to protect a root canal-treated tooth. In other cases, however, including root canal treatment on a posterior (back) tooth, a dental crown will offer more stability and longevity for your tooth.
Protect Your Root Canal Tooth
In many cases, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher designs tooth-colored dental crowns in our Albuquerque dental office to protect root canal teeth.
By following through with complete restorative treatment on a troubled tooth, you can prolong the life of your tooth by years – even decades. Saving natural teeth is often the most conservative approach to dentistry. Don’t be discouraged if you need a root canal! It is a tooth-saving procedure that can protect your smile.
Infection Needs to Be Treated
A root canal refers to the innermost part of the tooth. As with any part of the body, the root canal can develop an infection because of disease or trauma. Because the root canal houses the nerve fibers inside the tooth, the need for root canal treatment is often indicated first because of pain that tends to worsen over time.
We offer therapy for the root canals in our Albuquerque dental office with the intention of saving infected teeth from extraction and to relieve your dental pain.
When symptoms develop, you might first notice sensitivity that becomes a dull throbbing ache. Eventually, without dental treatment, the pain can become sharp, consistent, and all-consuming, which is why we recommend you contact Essenmacher Family Dental at the first sign of a change to your oral health.
Painless Root Canal Therapy
During root canal therapy, Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher will completely numb the area before removing the infection, bacteria, and diseased tissue. Most patients report immediate improvement, though it is common to have some residual sensitivity for a few days after your procedure.
We will discuss all of the details of root canal treatment and post-treatment instructions at your root canal exam in our Albuquerque dental office. If you feel anxiety, our caring team will put your mind at ease with their professional and compassionate approach to dentistry.
Root Canal Therapy
A common question we are asked by our Albuquerque patients is whether their root canal procedure will be painful. Root canal treatments have a reputation for being unpleasant and are even dreaded by many patients. What most people do not realize, however, is that root canal procedures in and of themselves should not typically be painful.
If you need a root canal procedure performed, it is because there is already an infection in your tooth. This infection leads to pain and causes the area to become inflamed and symptomatic. It is the infection within the tooth that is painful — not the root canal procedure used to clean and save that tooth. When properly performed, root canal procedures should not cause additional pain and will be no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling.
Recovery is Necessary
As with any dental procedure, your body will need time to heal and recover after the root canal treatment. Mild sensitivity and soreness in the area are to be expected in the days following your root canal.
At Essenmacher Family Dental, our goal is always to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible during your treatment. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our caring Albuquerque, NM team today!