A root canal is a commonly performed treatment that can save a tooth from needing to be extracted following the onset of an advanced infection. The doctors of Los Lunas Smiles have undergone advanced training that allows them to perform this endodontic treatment.
Our office employs advanced dental technology so patients can enjoy optimal oral health outcomes through the conservative removal of infected tissue from within the tooth. Los Lunas Smiles offers two effective sedation options that allow you to relax while our doctors treat your infected tooth.
Causes and Symptoms of Root Canal Infections
The visible portion of our teeth consists of three basic layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The dense, highly mineralized layer of enamel serves as a protective barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the dentin and inner portions of the tooth. When bacteria (whether due to an advanced cavity, a loose filling, or injury) reaches the sensitive inner bundle of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue within the tooth, a root canal infection can result.
The most common symptom of a root canal infection is oral pain. An infection within the tooth causes the tissue within the pulp to swell, which places pressure on the nerves. A root canal infection can be quite painful. This is one reason why patients report finding immediate relief once one of our doctors administers local anesthesia. Other symptoms of root canal infection include swelling of nearby gum tissue, heightened tooth sensitivity, and discomfort when eating or drinking.
One way to prevent root canal infections is through practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and checkups. These regular visits are highly affordable. Our office offers weekly specials, most insurance plans, and an affordable discount program.
Your root canal procedure will be treated as a dental emergency. Early intervention and treatment are critical to ensuring that your infection does not spread or cause the loss of your tooth. Soon after you arrive, one of our doctors will administer local anesthesia, which will numb the painful symptoms of your root canal infection. Our office also offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Both sedation options place patients in a dream-like state so they can relax throughout their procedure.
Once you are comfortable, a small hole will be drilled into the top of your tooth. Once your dentist reaches the infected inner pulp, the diseased tissue will be removed and the remaining cavity will be cleaned and sanitized before a special material is placed within it. An inlay, onlay, or crown will seal your tooth and prevent the return of infection. You will be given recovery guidelines and released to return home to rest. Most patients enjoy a full recovery that allows them to retain their natural tooth.
Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today
A root canal infection is a dental emergency that should be treated immediately. The infection can spread to other areas of the mouth and body if left untreated. Our doctors have many years of experience performing this endodontic treatment, and we always keep our patients’ comfort in mind through the procedure. If you are experiencing the sudden onset of pain, call our office at (505) 865-4341. We welcome walk-ins.