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What is root canal therapy

Positive Man Gesturing Ok SignIf you have been to the dentist and they recommended root canal therapy, there is no reason to fear! While many think of a painful treatment when they hear the words “root canal,” this is not the case at all. Dr. Steven Holbrook is here to dispel the myth that causes fear in patients who may need root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that is performed by a dentist to save a tooth from extraction. The root canals are actually the canals within the teeth that go down to the root of the tooth, hence the name. Inside of the canals are a mass of tissues called the dental pulp. If a tooth has a large cavity, area of decay, or trauma that reaches the dental pulp and causes an infection, it needs to be removed. The dentist creates a small hold in the tooth to remove the dental pulp and then fill and seal it with special materials. Because the removal of the dental pulp can cause a tooth to become brittle and susceptible to damage, the dentist may also recommend the fabrication and placement of a dental crown over the top. The entire process is performed with the patient properly sedated and anesthetized to ensure comfort from start to finish!

Why might I need root canal therapy?

There a few situations that may arise in which a patient may be told that root canal therapy is necessary. These include:

  • An abscess on the tooth
  • An infection that has reached the dental pulp
  • A large cavity that has caused significant tooth damage
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

What alternative treatments are available?

The only alternative solution for a tooth that could benefit from root canal therapy is extraction. This is avoided if at all possible, which is when root canal therapy may be attempted to save the tooth from removal and replacement.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook today!

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and want to work with a professional who offers comprehensive dental care, including root canal therapy, connect with Dr. Steven Holbrook’s front office team to book an appointment. Call (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation visit at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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Understanding the purpose of root canal therapy

The term “root canal” can often cause anxiety for patients who have dental fears. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook understands that over time, the idea of having a root canal procedure performed has brought about nervousness and misconceptions about unwanted pain. It is important to learn more about this procedure, as it is actually performed to eliminate toothaches, not cause them!

What is root canal therapy?

Dr. Steve E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is a dental professional who urges patients to take the time to learn about root canal therapy to better understand how the procedure works. When the inner portion of the tooth is impacted by disease, decay, or infection, it can cause toothaches. This can negatively impact one’s day-to-day life when the toothache becomes severe and requires professional evaluation. If damage to the tooth is fixable, the dentist will provide root canal therapy. This procedure is done to remove the dental pulp from inside the tooth, disinfect the inner canals of the tooth, and seal it off to maintain the tooth in the smile. In cases where damage is extremely severe, or the tooth is past the point of saving with root canal therapy, extraction may be required.

Can I keep my smile with root canal therapy?

The idea behind root canal therapy is to maintain the natural tooth in place within the smile. However, the procedure may leave the tooth weak and brittle due to the removal of the dental pulp. To protect the tooth and keep it from experiencing further damage, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook may create and place a dental crown. The crown offers an extra layer of protection to the tooth, strengthening it against cracking and breaking.

Learn more about endodontic therapy

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM provide a wide selection of services to patients in the area. If you believe you are in need of root canal therapy, or want to start working with a team of professionals dedicated to your oral health and wellness, call the office at (505) 881-1159. We accept new and current patients into our practice and encourage individuals to take the first step in learning about ways to care for their smiles!

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Do I really need a root canal?

Root CanalVery few procedures scare patients as much as being told they require a root canal. Root canal treatments have been intimidating adult patients for years, even though the procedure is actually fast and painless. By understanding the purpose of a root canal, patients are often much more at ease and realize how beneficial this treatment can be in maintaining the natural tooth.

What is root canal therapy?

The term “root canal” is often used to describe a dental procedure that removes the dental pulp, a mass of tissues, from within the canals of the tooth. The root canal procedure is performed to address damage to a tooth that may have been caused by a cavity, injury, or infection. By removing the dental pulp from the tooth and sealing it, most patients can avoid permanent extraction of the tooth.

What happens during root canal therapy?

First, patients are made comfortable. This can be achieved with oral sedation medication and local anesthetics. The dentist then makes a hole in the tooth which allows him to access the inner canals and reach the dental pulp. The pulp is removed, the area is disinfected, and the tooth is sealed with a material called gutta percha. In many instances the dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth. This gives it an extra layer of protection against further damage that can result from the brittle, weak enamel.

Do I really need a root canal?

There are some symptoms that may be indicative of the need for oral surgery. Root canal therapy may be recommended if patients have:

  • Swelling and inflammation around the tooth
  • A severe toothache
  • Dull aching in a single tooth
  • Puss-filled growths on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Discoloration that impacts a tooth or the gum tissue
  • Sever sensitivity when eating or drinking

Do you need a root canal? Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook

If you are in need of a root canal, or any other dental service, we invite you to book an appointment at Comprehensive Dental Care. With over three decades of experience, our dentist can ensure quality care. Call (505) 881-1159 and visit at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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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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