What is Root Canal Therapy?

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If you had to name a dental treatment you would most like to avoid, what would it be? If you decided you’d most like to avoid root canal therapy, you aren’t alone. In fact, many people would rather suffer through discomfort than visit their dentist. However, did you know that many patients who’ve had a cavity filled and had root canal therapy consider the treatments comparable? Let’s talk about what happens during this important treatment.

Typically, you’ll need to have root canal therapy if the center of your tooth–which is also known as the pulp–is damaged or infected. Your pulp can’t repair itself, so if you don’t address the issue in the center of your teeth, the problem could spread to your roots, making root canal therapy a necessity.

During this treatment, our dentist will remove any diseased pulp, then clean and seal the area. Next, our team will create a restoration for your tooth. If you care for this restoration well, it could even last a lifetime. You typically won’t have to do anything more than brushing and flossing regularly.

You may need root canal therapy and not even know it. You see, if the nerve in your tooth dies, you won’t feel any pain from the afflicted tooth. If your tooth isn’t treated, it could ultimately crack or fall apart before you know anything is wrong. If you visit our dentist once every six months, we may be able to address any issue you have before it becomes serious.

If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Gilbert Fernandez, please don’t hesitate to contact Gilbert Fernandez, DDS, Inc. at 505-898-8063. We’re eager to hear from you.