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If the idea of getting a root canal scares you, you’re not alone. A lot of people don’t know what’s involved in this process, or why people need it in the first place. That creates a few misconceptions about the procedure and the benefits it can have on your oral health.

With that in mind, let’s take a brief look at how Dr. Gilbert Fernandez performs the root canal process here at Gilbert Fernandez, D.D.S., Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What is it?

A root canal is needed when you have a tooth that’s either infected, dying, or already dead. A tooth becomes infected when bacteria enter the pulp inside your teeth – a living bundle of nerves and blood vessels. A root canal removes the infected pulp, eliminating the pain it causes.

How does it work?

Dr. Gilbert Fernandez begins the process by removing the top part of your tooth – which means you’ll need a crown after the procedure is complete – then going inside your tooth to remove the infected pulp.

The takes the infection out of the tooth, eliminating the potential for further tooth decay. It also helps save the teeth on either side of the infected tooth, as the infection can no longer erode other healthy teeth.

Call today at 505.898.8063 to schedule an appointment.