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Utilizing leading-edge pain management, dental techniques, and technology, Dr. Michael Haight and Dr. Rebecca Case offer effective root canal therapy at our Albuquerque, NM, practice. Despite common misconceptions, this conservative treatment involves minimal discomfort. With our doctors' advanced training and skills, patients have no need to worry about pain during the procedure.
At the center of each of your teeth is a hollow space that houses the pulp, which consists of soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. The pulp can become infected when dental caries provide openings to the chamber. It can also become inflamed following dental trauma. Root canal therapy removes the infected or inflamed inner nerve tissues and seals the tooth to protect it from further decay and damage. Without treatment, infection and damage can worsen, leading to severe discomfort and the potential need for extraction.
Most patients believe root canal therapy is painful. The greatest amount of pain, however, occurs when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. At Parkway Dental, we use sedation and anesthetic when needed to ensure the treatment process is as comfortable as possible. Most patients report no more discomfort than receiving a dental filling. You may, however, experience some pain after your treatment is complete, though this typically subsides within a day or so.
Dr. Haight and Dr. Case have a number of advanced diagnostic tools at their disposal. Digital x-rays, which involve minimal radiation, allow them to determine if root canal therapy is necessary to treat your tooth pain. Our 3-D cone beam scans also allow for precise treatment planning and our intraoral cameras and scanners allow us to take digital impressions without any mess.
After determining that root canal therapy is necessary, our doctors will carefully alter the tooth to remove the infected or inflamed pulp from the center of the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleansed and all damaged tissue removed, we will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material. If the tooth suffered only minor damage or decay, your dentist may be able to treat the tooth with a simple dental filling. For teeth that suffered more moderate damage, a custom dental crown is required.
Root canal therapy can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted.
If a crown is needed, a member of our team will take an impression of the tooth. Drs. Haight and Case can then manipulate those impressions to create a 3-D design of a custom crown. Thanks to our CEREC technology, we can transmit this design to an in-office machine that will carve a porcelain crown that is shaded to match the rest of your smile. Once your crown is ready, we can secure it in place and you can leave our office with a fully restored smile after a single procedure.
Root canal therapy can save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. The placement of a custom crown both protects the tooth from further damage while also restoring its strength and functionality. If you are suffering from severe tooth pain, especially when biting down or eating hot or cold foods, contact our office online or call (505) 298-7479 to schedule an appointment.