Dental Root Canal Treatment

The mind numbing pain that an infected root can cause can be debilitating. In fact, needing root canal treatment is one of the top causes of dental pain. If you are searching for a general dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico who has experience performing root canal treatment, Davis Gribble Hollowwa Dental can help!

How to Determine if You Need a Root Canal Procedure

It’s rare to have tooth pain that does not result in root canal therapy. The only exceptions are sweet sensitivity and gingivitis. You may need root canal therapy because of tooth infection, abscess, an exposed root or to restore the tooth. Your general dentists at Davis Gribble Hollowwa Dental will determine if your tooth requires a root canal procedure by:

  • Gauging sensitivity to heat and cold. More than just normal sensitivity, the pain caused by exposure to more extreme temperatures on an inflamed or infected root can last much longer.
  • Determining if the root or nerve can return to its normal state, or if it has become necrotic. If pulpitis, or irreversible inflammation of the root, has occurred, a root canal procedure becomes necessary.
  • Determining how much decay is in the tooth. We can use our intra-oral cameras and state of the art x-ray technology to determine how much the tooth has decayed.

All of those factors will help us to decide whether or not you need to have root canal therapy on your tooth. Even if you aren’t in a lot of pain, a tooth may still require a root canal procedure, so it’s important to get regular checkups to make sure there aren’t untreated cavities.

Root Canal Treatment Process

A root canal is a dental procedure performed on a tooth with an irreparably infected or chronically inflamed nerve fibers located in the center of the tooth. Usually, tooth decay has reached the nerve of the tooth and is causing a great deal of pain. When you see a general dentist to perform a root canal, in most cases you will:

  • Be numbed. Our dentists will numb the nerve and the surrounding area to ensure you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Always communicate to us if you can feel pain so we can make you as comfortable as possible. You may request nitrous oxide if you have dental anxiety.
  • Have the pulp of your tooth removed. Using a drill and other tools, we will remove any decay and pulp to make sure the infection is gone.
  • Have the root canal filled. The filling is only temporary, and must be replaced with a permanent crown before long. Once a root canal is completed a crown must be fitted the same day to ensure the tooth does not break.
  • Be fitted for a crown. Our in-house lab will get your impressions and create a custom crown that will fit right on top of your tooth.

From start to finish, the treatment should last no longer than a few hours. If you will be under oral conscious sedation, make sure to have someone there to drive you home.

24/7 Emergency Dental Care and Root Canal Treatment

When you need emergency dental care or a root canal, our dentists are available at any time of the day or night. If you call after business hours, you can get information on how to reach someone immediately from our answering machine. Don’t spend all night (or all weekend) in pain! Our general dentists will be there for you! Contact us today to make an appointment.