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Root Canal Therapy – Albuquerque, NM

Saving Teeth From Extraction by Removing the Infection

Maintaining your natural, healthy teeth is the goal of any dentist but when an infection reaches the innermost layer of your tooth, root canal therapy might be the only way to save your tooth from extraction. At ABQ Wholistic Dentistry, Dr. Giron will use safe and effective techniques to ensure your mouth and body benefit from therapy and heal accordingly. If you’re worried about the prospect of having a root canal, trust that your comfort is one of our highest priorities. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose ABQ Wholistic Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Sedation Dentistry Available for Increased Comfort
  • State-Of-The-Art Equipment Used
  • Compassionate Care Provided By An Experienced Team

What is a Root Canal?

A middle-aged woman smiling

When decay and infection spread to the inside of your tooth, which is known as the pulp, you might begin to experience intense pain and swelling. If left untreated, you might also begin to notice:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Pimple-like sores on your gums
  • Difficulty chewing or biting

Should any of the above-mentioned symptoms be present, Dr. Giron will likely recommend a root canal, which will include removing the infected pulp and cleaning out the decayed portion of your tooth. Not only will this alleviate the pain you’re experiencing, but it will save your natural tooth and prevent possible tooth extraction.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Infection inside of a tooth

There are several reasons a person might need a root canal, including:

  • Severe decay that begins as a cavity and goes on to reach the tooth’s pulp
  • A crack or chip that is deep within the tooth
  • Having multiple dental procedures that result in damage to the tooth
  • Serious dental injury
  • Poor oral hygiene

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

A dental dam being used before a root canal

There is a common misconception that root canals hurt. Fortunately, this is a myth, and the actual pain you’re experiencing is from the infection, not the procedure. Before she begins, Dr. Giron will administer local anesthesia or sedation to ensure you are comfortable, as it will be necessary for her to access the inner layer of your tooth.

Once she is finished with cleaning, filling, and sealing the tooth off from further reinfection, it will be necessary for you to spend some time recovering at home from your procedure.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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There are various steps you can take to effectively heal from your root canal, but it’s important to remember that recovery takes time, so don’t try to rush the process. Doing certain tasks too soon can result in additional problems.

Some tips you should follow include:

  • Taking antibiotics or prescribed pain medicine as instructed.
  • Avoiding chewing on the side of your root canal until your permanent dental crown is in place.
  • Eat only soft foods in the first few days after your root canal.
  • Make sure to relax and get plenty of rest.
  • Continue to brush, floss, and rinse, but be mindful of the area in which you had your root canal, as it might still be tender.
  • Keep your scheduled appointments with Dr. Giron, so she can review your progress and make sure everything is healing accordingly.

How to Prevent the Need for a Root Canal

A young man pointing to his smile

One of the most tried and true solutions for preventing a possible root canal is to make sure you’re seeing Dr. Giron for your regularly scheduled six-month appointments. Dedicated to ensuring your mouth and body are in the best of health, she will also use the right method of treatment that benefits your entire well-being.

With regular dental checkups and cleanings, we can check for any problems that might be developing in your oral cavity and offer the appropriate treatment should causes for concern arise. You can feel confident about making the right decision when it comes to your dental care because at no point will Dr. Giron or her team suggest a solution that will not be beneficial to your overall health.