Essenmacher Family Dental

My tooth hurts. Do I need a root canal?

root canal albuquerque nm ‚ÄčIf 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. 

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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