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What is root canal therapy, and how do I know if I need it?

You may be familiar with the phrase “root canal therapy,” but do you know what it is? Many patients fear this procedure even without knowing what it does and how it works. The dental professionals at Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, can educate you on this procedure and what to expect for your upcoming visit.

What is root canal therapy?

We describe root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, as a dental procedure that involves the manual removal of the infected pulp from a tooth’s root canals. The dental pulp is in the center of the tooth’s structure and is a mass of tissues that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the dental pulp and surrounding areas become infected due to decay or trauma, it can cause severe pain and other symptoms.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

The goal of root canal therapy is to remove the infection and save the natural tooth. Without effective treatment, the infection might spread to other areas of the mouth and even throughout the body, leading to more serious health complications. In addition, removing the infected pulp will alleviate the common pain and discomfort often associated with the infection. The only alternative to endodontic treatment is permanent extraction/removal of the natural tooth.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

During the root canal procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. Then, they will create an opening in the top of the natural tooth structure to access the pulp and remove any infected or damaged tissue. The root canals are thoroughly cleaned, shaped, and then filled with a special material to prevent further infection. Finally, a filling is placed over the tooth temporarily until a more durable restoration, such as a crown, is ready to be applied.

Am I a proper candidate for this root canal treatment?

Our team at Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, encourages you to call the office to request an initial evaluation to determine your candidacy for treatment. Our office can be reached by telephone at (575) 339-1838.

Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC

The skilled team at Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC comprising Dr. Mario Samaniego, Dr. Jaime R. Gonzalez, Dr. Patrick Coyne, and Dr. Faith Annelies Cortez, have specialized in various areas in dentistry. They are dedicated to providing patients in Las Cruces, NM, and nearby communities with a comprehensive range of quality dental care to help patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles. They are members of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.   Dr. Mario Samaniego was selected by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of America’s top dentists, and he has also been named as the Favorite Dentist in Las Cruces by Las Cruces Sun-News readers.

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