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At Lusk Family Dentistry, we never underestimate the importance of patient education. Not only do we care about the health of our patients, but we know that good oral care is essential for a person’s overall health.
Some of our most common questions are answered below. If you have any other questions, or if you have questions about your specific treatment or oral health in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to help you make informed decisions about the oral health of you and your family.
Root Canal Treatment
Dentists use root canal treatments to save teeth that have become badly damaged and would otherwise need to be extracted. If you are experiencing extreme pain and tenderness in a specific tooth, you may need a root canal.
But what makes root canals necessary in the first place? Root canals are needed when certain parts of a tooth — the pulp or the nerve itself — become infected. During a root canal, the pulp and nerve of a tooth are removed. While this procedure may seem drastic, it becomes necessary when a tooth has experienced severe trauma. Such trauma can include:
- A large crack that exposes the inner-parts of the tooth
- Forceful impact to the tooth, such as being punched in the face or hit with a hockey puck, which breaks the tooth open
- Significant dental decay that is too deep to treat with a standard filling
Root canal procedures are necessary in order to stop the tooth pulp from breaking down and decaying inside the tooth. If left untreated, the pulp can lead to severe infections and abscesses, which can lead to bone loss and cause problems in other parts of the body.
If pain, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity to hot or cold have developed in a tooth, you should be seen by a dentist immediately. For questions about root canals in Farmington, NM, call Lusk Family Dentistry today.
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. When you have tooth decay that goes untreated, it can reach the inner area of your tooth. This area contains your nerves and other tissue, and once decay reaches it, it can become painful. Many people think that root canal treatments are painful, but they actually relieve the pain that is being caused by the tooth decay!
How A Root Canal Is Done?
The procedure involves removing the damaged nerve of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it. In some cases a crown is needed for the tooth. Once a crown is placed, patients typically don't have any further pain or decay on the tooth. The most common causes for the need for a root canal treatment are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth, or trauma.