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Let’s Get Down to the Root of Root Canals

Root Canal | Albuquerque NMIf you recently came into our office and found out that you have to get a root canal, you may be wondering what on earth that means for you and your mouth. To help you understand a little bit more about this procedure, we have created a list answering some frequently asked questions.



FAQ: Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

You may not realize it, but your tooth is made up of three main layers; the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Sometimes, when a patient has a cavity (a hole in their tooth) bacteria can enter into the pulp where all of the nerves are which causes an infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed with a procedure called a root canal.

FAQ: How Is a Root Canal Done?

During a root canal, we will start out by numbing your tooth and surrounding gums. Once the tooth is numb, we will place a sheet of rubber around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Then, we will make an opening on the top of the tooth so that we can remove the pulp, nerve tissue, decay, and bacteria. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, will will then seal it with a permanent or temporary filling. Then, at your next appointment which is usually a week later, the roots and the inside of the tooth will be filled and sealed using special dental materials.

FAQ: What Is Recovery Like?

For the most part, recovery after a root canal is fairly basic. On average, patients may have a little bit of tenderness and swelling but that should subside after just a couple of days. To help ease inflammation and pain, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen.

Even though a root canal may not be familiar to you, it is something that we perform on a regular basis. To learn more about root canals and what you can expect from yours, contact us at our Albuquerque office and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Reasons You May Need a Root Canal

3 Reasons You May Need a Root Canal | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMWhen most people hear of a root canal, images of undergoing a massive oral surgery may come to mind. However, as one of the most common oral procedures that we perform here at Steven Holbrook’s office, a root canal is nothing to worry about. So, other than by a proper dental examination and x-rays, how can you tell if you need a root canal? Read on to learn more.

Decay Has Reached the Pulp

Your teeth are composed of three layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the pulp. Sometimes if a cavity is left untreated, the decay can reach the deepest part of the tooth (the pulp). If that is the case, you will need to have part of the root or pulp removed with a root canal.

Infection or Abscess

In most instances in which a patient needs a root canal, it’s because an infection or abscess has occurred. During an infection or abscess, the problem will be treated, so it doesn’t spread, and then the pulp or part of the pulp will be removed.

Injury or Trauma

If you were recently injured or in some accident that impacted your tooth, you may need to have a root canal. Sometimes when a patient’s mouth has received extreme trauma, it can reach the inner parts of the tooth which will result in them having to have the pulp removed and then filled.

There are several reasons why you may have to have a root canal. However, the symptoms that you receive will be the first signs. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, swelling, or tenderness around your teeth, gums, and jaw, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today.

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To learn more about root canals or to schedule an examination, contact our office at (505) 881-1159

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It’s Not Your Granny’s Root Canal

root canal treatment in Albuquerque NM | Dr. Steven Holbrook Times have changed. Years ago, root canals were painful and the puns were true. But with today’s dental advances, there is little, if any, pain involved with a root canal. Millions of teeth are saved each year with root canal therapy which is similar to having a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments.

Why a root canal?
An injury or a deep cavity may cause one of your teeth to crack, leaving it open for infection. This can damage the pulp, the network of nerves and blood vessels surrounding the root, and may even damage the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in pain and swelling. If left untreated, additional bacteria and decaying food particles can cause a serious infection or abscess, leading to pulp death, bone loss and loss of the tooth. Symptoms to watch for are swelling of your face and neck, severe toothache, swollen gums, and temperature sensitivity.

Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) is designed to save a damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. It involves opening the tooth, removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canals inside the root, and filling and sealing the tooth. Alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture.

A root canal usually takes two visits. Dental X-rays are taken to determine the extent of the damage; you will receive a local anesthetic prior to the procedure. There are mild sedatives available which you can take just prior to your dental visit which can make the experience more pleasant if you are fearful. If the infection is severe, your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic before your appointment. If you follow good oral hygiene, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.

If you are experiencing dental pain and would like to discuss root canal therapy with Dr. Holbrook, don’t wait…call to book a consultation appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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