We’ve all heard of tales from friends and colleagues about root canals, but what exactly are they and are they really as bad as people make them out to be? At LoPour & Associates DDS, we’re made it our mission to help our patients understand why a root canal may be needed, and most importantly, show you that these procedures are nothing to sweat about!
Under the enamel and hard layer of the tooth’s dentin lies the pulp. Made up of blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissues, the pulp extends from the crown to the root of the tooth, and is important to its development. After a tooth matures, it no longer needs the pulp, but this group of nerves and tissue can still become inflamed or infected due to deep decay, dental trauma, or a crack or chip in the tooth – this is when a root canal may be required! As your trusted Albuquerque dentist, our job is to help patients maintain healthy smiles, and by performing root canals, we’re able to get rid of the infected or inflamed pulp that may otherwise lead to worse damage and pain. Our doctors have extensive specialization in this treatment, and with advanced anesthetics, we assure you that you’ll experience minimal discomfort during your procedure! Save your teeth and protect your smile with LoPour & Associates DDS!
Common Signs That a Root Canal is Needed
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may need a root canal:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Severe pain – especially when chewing or biting
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- Pimples on gums
- Deep decay or dark gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
How Our Dentists Take Care of You
Our doctors will begin by taking an x-ray of the affected tooth and administering local anesthetic to ensure you experience as little discomfort as possible. The tooth will then be isolated to ensure it stays clean and saliva-free during the process. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth and using specialized tools, the pulp is removed and the chamber is shaped for filling. Using a biocompatible, rubber-like material, the root canal is filled and temporarily sealed. Following the procedure, you’ll visit us again so that we can place a crown over the tooth to protect it and ensure a healthy smile for years to come!
Benefits of a Root Canal
If left untreated, the irritated pulp in the tooth may lead to severe pain, abscess, and even a tooth extraction. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, and in extreme cases, may be life threatening. Swelling, discomfort, sensitivity, and pain can make some situations unbearable and diminish your enjoyment of simple everyday activities. By performing a root canal procedure, we’re able to preserve your smile and help restore its function and ability! Smile with confidence and know your smile is healthy with LoPour & Associates DDS!
If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or believe you may need a root canal, visit the leading dental specialists at LoPour & Associates DDS and restore your smile and confidence!