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Will my root canal procedure hurt?

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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!  

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher