root canal treatment

Root Canals in Las Cruces, NM

Root canal therapy is a valuable dental procedure used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated.

Root canal therapy removes the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.

Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort.
Local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for root canal therapy?

You can be a candidate for root canal therapy if decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. Root canal therapy may be the right treatment for you if you’d like to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible instead of extracting both the healthy and diseased portions of your tooth.

For more information about root canal therapy and whether it’s right for you, schedule a dental exam and consultation at your earliest convenience.

What should I expect during my root canal treatment?

If you decide to undergo root canal treatment, the first step in your procedure will involve a local anesthetic. Once your tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of your tooth pulp will be removed and potentially treated for bacterial infection.

The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown. You’ll be able to leave our office free of pain and with a fully restored smile.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Root canal therapy is designed to diminish pain caused by your infected pulp and restore the health of your tooth. During your root canal treatment, we’ll provide you with a local anesthetic so you feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.

Many of our patients say that the pain from the infected root canal is worse than the actual treatment. You will be in much less pain during and after your root canal therapy.

What type of post-treatment care is required after root canal therapy?

After you receive root canal therapy, it is normal to feel sensitivity for the first several days following treatment due to inflammation. We recommend taking any pain medications, avoid drinking and smoking, and gargling with warm salt water to help.

When it comes to your oral hygiene, we also suggest you continue with a normal brushing and flossing routine immediately after treatment. This will help ensure your dental health remains

Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?

If it’s been a week since your root canal procedure, and you still feel pain, you should give our office a call right away. Any discomfort following your treatment should diminish within the first few days afterward, and any pain further on should be brought to Dr. Borham’s attention.

Once you give us a call at our Las Cruces office, we will be able to get you in for an exam to see if your root canal got reinfected. If it has, we will need to perform a root canal retreatment.