If you suffer an infected tooth, endodontics is the area of dental practice that can provide relief. This is an area of specialty for Grant Allen, DDS, of Rio Rancho Family Dental Care in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. To learn more about root canals and other endodontic services, call the office today to book an appointment. Online scheduling is also available and can be completed from home any time of day or night.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is an area of dental practice focused on addressing the interior chamber of each tooth, as well as the tissues surrounding your tooth roots. While all dentists are trained in basic endodontic procedures, not all have the skill and experience needed to offer these services to patients.
The team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care is highly skilled in endodontic techniques and offers a range of services that can restore the health of your teeth, including teeth that are severely infected. Root canals are the most common type of endodontic procedure.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment for infected tooth pulp. The innermost area of a tooth is a hollow chamber filled with pulp. Your pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues, and other tissue types.
When an infection takes hold, you may notice significant pain when you bite down or chew. Additional symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Heightened sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark tooth color
- Swollen or tender gums
- Small pimple-like sore on your gums
- A root canal removes all traces of infected tooth pulp.
What are the steps involved in a root canal?
You receive a local numbing injection to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. If you have dental anxiety, let your provider know prior to your appointment and they can explain your options.
Your dentist begins by creating a small access hole in the targeted tooth. That opening allows him to use a series of slim dental tools called files to remove all traces of pulp and reshape the canals of your tooth root.
After the empty tooth chamber is rinsed and disinfected, a special material called gutta percha is used to fill the chamber. Medication is also placed inside the tooth chamber to prevent further infection.
The access hole is sealed with a small filling, and imaging is used or impressions are made to create a customized dental crown. The crown is cemented into place over the treated tooth to provide additional protection and support. This completes the root canal, and the tooth looks and functions like the rest of your teeth.
If you’d like to explore root canals and other endodontic treatments in more detail, call the office today to set up a visit, or try the easy online booking tool. Most root canal treatments can be completed in just 1-2 appointments.