Root canals are a vital restorative procedure that can save teeth and restore smiles. The traumatic pain that an infected tooth can cause can be quite overwhelming. A root canal infection is one of the primary causes of oral pain. At A Better Smile Dentistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we perform comfortable and safe root canal treatments to restore your oral functions and smile aesthetics.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
The tooth has a core called dental pulp, comprising blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves that supply oxygen, nutrients, and sensation to the tooth. Tooth decay can cause inflammation or infection of the pulp. Trauma or extensive restoration may also cause pulp infections. The inflamed pulp can result in toothache.
If the pulp gets compromised, it will end up being infected with bacteria. Additionally this can cause pain and swelling in the surrounding tissues. In such situations, a root canal treatment provides the perfect solution.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
Here are some regular signs when an infected tooth may need a root canal:
- A discolored tooth
- Deep tooth decay
- Chips or cracks in the tooth
- Painful tooth when you bite down or chew
- A tooth that is extra sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
- Swollen gums
- A persistent sore on the gums
How Is the Root Canal Done?
If a root canal infection is not addressed on time, the problem can progress into a more severe condition that would be complicated and expensive to treat.
The root canal procedure is planned to be comfortable and painless. We will administer local anesthesia to ensure the process goes on with minimal discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Bao will make a hole on the surface of the affected tooth to gain access to the infected root canals.
We will then carefully remove the infected pulp and clean the inside of the tooth. Afterward, the void will be filled and sealed with a rubber-like substance known as gutta-percha. Finally, the treated tooth will be secured with a dental crown or permanent filling to improve its strength and safeguard it against future decay.
Caring For Your Treated Tooth
The treated tooth is now wholly dead following the removal of the pulp and nerves. But it still needs proper oral care with efficient brushing and flossing the tooth. Otherwise, you may have to deal with periodontal disease.
Also, it would help if you were careful when biting on hard objects. The tooth may be strong enough for everyday functions, but in the absence of nerves, you might bite harder than intended. This may result in tooth fracturing.
To learn more about our root canal treatments, visit our office, A Better Smile Dentistry, at 475 Coors Blvd NW, Ste A, in Albuquerque, NM 87121. You can also reach Dentist in Albuquerque NM at (505) 208-0505.