Root Canal Therapy
An infected tooth can cause a great deal of pain.
Root canal treatment to remove the infection has minimal discomfort when performed by an attentive dentist.
See how a root canal from Dr. Steve Ollason at New Mexico Smile Center in Albuquerque, NM, alleviates pain for our patients.
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How to Tell If You Need Root Canal Therapy
Pain is a common indicator of a root canal infection. If the pain in your tooth eventually fades, it can mean the nerves are dead, not that the root canal infection went away.
Here are some other indicators that you may need a root canal:
- Swollen gums
- Abscess resembling a pimple
- Unexplained bad taste
- Persistent bad breath
- Darkening of the tooth
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely our dentist can save your tooth.
Clearing the Infection Is Virtually Painless At Our Albuquerque Dental Office
A root canal infection is often excruciating – but treatment isn't. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that root canal treatment is virtually painless. Our dentist uses gentle techniques and offers sedation to make your root canal dental procedure more comfortable.
The benefits of a root canal extend beyond pain relief, including:
Preserving Your Tooth
Removing bacteria and infected tissue in your root canal allows you to keep your natural tooth. The tooth may have to be extracted if root canal treatment is not performed in time or is not effective.
The infection in a root canal can spread to other areas of the mouth, putting your oral and general health at risk. A root canal can save you from needing extensive future dental work.
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Causes of Root Canal Infections
Do I Need an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of tooth pulp. Visiting an endodontist is not necessary for root canal therapy. Dr. Ollason has treated countless root canals, removing decayed tissue and saving teeth.
What to Expect During Your Root Canal Treatment
Day of Procedure
Root canals at our Albuquerque, NM, dental office usually take about an hour to complete.
A Closer Look At Dental Crowns
A porcelain dental crown helps strengthen your natural tooth, which may be weakened after a root canal. Dr. Ollason offers same-day crowns created in as little as an hour using our in-house CEREC® milling system. If you need or prefer a crown crafted from specialty materials, it will be made by a local dental lab that creates quality, durable restorations.
With the proper care and regular dental checkups, a crown can last longer than a decade. They are engineered to withstand biting force and crafted to match the color of your natural tooth.
What If My Tooth Can't Be Saved?
In some cases, cavities and extensive decay can make a tooth untreatable. If so, our dentist recommends extracting the tooth.
To compensate for the missing tooth, Dr. Ollason can place a dental implant that can support a crown. An implant-supported crown will prevent shifting teeth and fill the gap in your smile. Talk to Dr. Ollason to find out if dental implants are an option for you.
Not All Teeth Are Worth Preserving
Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, can erupt in a manner that is harmful to your other teeth. Due to their location at the back of your mouth, wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean. If your wisdom tooth becomes infected, Dr. Ollason recommends pulling the tooth instead of treating it.
Wisdom teeth are not necessary for your mouth to function properly, and are prone to future dental problems.
Preventing Root Canal Infections
Brush your teeth twice a day
Floss every day
Attend regular dental cleanings
Paying for a Root Canal
We believe dental care should be accessible to all. Root canals are considered a restorative dental procedure and are usually covered by dental insurance. Our Albuquerque, NM, staff will help you get the most out of your coverage.
If you don't have dental insurance, New Mexico Smile Center provides additional options to cover the treatment cost. CareCredit® financing allows patients to make monthly payments for a root canal instead of paying for it all at once. We also offer a dental benefit program where uninsured patients can get discounts on treatment.
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