Farmington, NM Root Canal Treatment
The term “root canal” is probably one of the scariest ones in the English language. Fear of what it means to get a root canal is enough to keep many people from receiving treatment. But if you have a persistent, throbbing toothache or a tooth that is extremely sensitive to cold or heat, you cannot—and should not—ignore it!
The good news is that advances in dental technology have made the root canal practically painless. In fact, the pain that usually brings people into the dentist is far worse than the procedure itself.
Dental pain is never normal, and the root canal procedure cleans the interior of your tooth and eliminates the infection that is causing you pain. At Lusk Family Dentistry, we can take care of your tooth pain—and we can save your natural tooth.
How Do You Know if You Have an Infected Tooth?
For most people, a severe toothache is what usually alerts them to the fact that something is wrong. Often the pain is from a decayed tooth in which the pulp is infected. This frequently starts with a tooth that is chipped or has small fissures or cracks. If you receive treatment over and over on the same tooth, this can also indicate a problematic tooth. If you are experiencing pain, the best thing to do is to come in for a comprehensive dental exam.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, deals with the nerves of the teeth. When a toothache starts, it is usually because of infection in the nerves in the root of the tooth, and these need to be removed. If the infection is left untreated, an abscess can develop. An abscess is a serious problem that can lead to bone loss in the jaw.
During root canal treatment, Dr. Lusk will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic, ensuring you are comfortable throughout the procedure. He will remove the infected pulp of the tooth and clean and shape the nerve canal system in the roots of the teeth. Then the area is sealed, filled, and capped with a dental crown. You will have no more pain, and the crown will restore your tooth’s natural function. There is minimal discomfort with the procedure itself, and people who undergo it are almost always surprised at how quick and painless it is.
Root Canal Treatment Can Prevent Tooth Loss
Don’t put off a trip to the dentist if you have pain in one or more of your teeth. A root canal treatment will remove the infection, putting a stop to your pain and restoring your oral health. The root canal procedure is a relatively simple one, and it can ensure that you do not lose a tooth. It will also prevent an infection from spreading to other teeth and causing even more damage.
Dr. Lusk can perform a root canal as soon as an infected tooth pulp is detected. Early treatment is essential for preventing damage to the infected tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. Learn more about root canal treatment by scheduling your appointment with Lusk Family Dentistry today!