The term “root canal” can be scary and overwhelming, but Pinon Hills Dental wants to ensure you feel comfortable when you hear this term and need to undergo a root canal procedure. Dr. Travis Watson performs root canals in Farmington, NM, and wants to share some FAQs with you.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is the removal of the tooth’s infected pulp. This procedure relieves pain, saves the tooth, and prevents another infection. With the root canal procedure, the infected pulp is removed, the canal is cleaned and filled with a synthetic material, and finally, it is sealed with a filling or crown.
Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?
When the interior of a tooth becomes inflamed and infected, the pulp needs to be removed. The inflammation and infection often occur due to decay spreading within the tooth, a chip or crack, or several procedures on the same tooth. If the infection is not treated, it can lead to pain and an abscess forming. Without treatment, it is often necessary to have the tooth removed.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
It is a common myth that root canals in Farmington, NM, are painful. Thanks to advancements in technology, a root canal procedure doesn’t have to be any more uncomfortable or painful than having a standard cavity filled. The area around the tooth is completely numb, ensuring you don’t feel pain—only some pressure—during the procedure.
What Should You Expect During a Root Canal Procedure?
Once the area is numbed by Dr. Watson, a tiny hole is made at the top of the tooth for access to the pulp. The diseased tissue/pulp is removed, and the canal is disinfected. The canal is then filled with synthetic material and sealed with dental cement. A dental filling or crown is placed to complete the procedure.
Is There an Alternative to a Root Canal?
There is always the option of having the entire tooth extracted. However, it is recommended to save the tooth through root canal therapy, as this is a routine treatment with a high success rate. Saving the tooth can prevent future issues, including problems eating, teeth shifting, loss of jawbone density and volume, and increased risk of tooth decay.
Contact Your Farmington, NM, Dentist Today
If you would like more information about root canals in Farmington, NM, or have further questions beyond those addressed in this blog, call Pinon Hills Dental at (505) 325-2859 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson.