Understanding the purpose of root canal therapy

Middle age grey haired man wearing casual clothes smiling cheerful showing and pointing with fingers teeth and mouth Root canal therapy is one of the most effective ways to save a natural tooth from extraction. Root canal therapy aims to clean out the infected tissue inside the tooth and seal off the tooth to prevent further infection. In most cases, endodontic therapy is successful, and the tooth can be saved. However, there are some cases where root canal therapy fails, and the tooth must be extracted. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is a comprehensive dentist in Albuquerque, NM, who is pleased to use his three decades of experience to help patients save their teeth and avoid tooth replacement options.

When might a dental professional recommend root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is typically recommended when the pulp (the tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels) becomes infected. This can occur due to a deep cavity, a crack or chip in the tooth, or an injury to the tooth. The infection can cause pain, swelling, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If the infection is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the mouth and body.

What can I expect from my treatment?

Root canal therapy involves cleaning the infected pulp and sealing off the tooth. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook himself performs the procedure. First, he numbs the area around the tooth. Next, he makes a small opening in the tooth and removes the infected pulp. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed. Most people experience minimal, if any, discomfort during or after the procedure. Some people may experience some mild soreness for a few days afterward, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and without the need for prescription products.

Do I need root canal therapy?

Just because you are experiencing a toothache doesn’t mean that you need a root canal. It is always best to schedule a consultation and evaluation appointment with an area dental professional when problems arise. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team encourage Albuquerque, NM area patients to call the office at 505-881-1159 when they have a dental concern and undergo an examination to determine the cause of the issue and discuss the most appropriate solutions.

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