The mouth is a complex interaction of a lot of different parts, you have the tongue, the cavity, the uvula, and most importantly: the teeth and gums. There are many things happening in your mouth that you may not be aware of. The teeth are the most common parts to have problems arise in. Beneath the teeth and gums are the roots, blood vessels, and nerves that support them, called the root canal. If an infection or inflammation happens in this area a root canal treatment might be necessary to save the tooth. A root canal procedure is very simple and can be performed at any dental office.
The root canal is a set of tubes inside the roots of a tooth that allow the supporting blood vessels and nerves to supply nutrients to the tooth. If this tube gets infected or inflamed, it can cause a lot of pain and potentially kill the tooth. An injury to the tooth can also cause you to need a root canal. A root canal treatment can clear out the infection and save the tooth from more pain or dying off and needing to be removed.
To treat your infected root canal, Dr. Jorge Ferreira will first take X-rays and examine them. He will then numb the tooth to ensure that you experience as little pain as possible. He will then numb the tooth down to the infected pulp cavity and drill down to it. After that, he will remove the infected parts of the pulp and replace them with plugs that will secure the root. During the procedure, the Dr. will disinfect and clean inside the cavity before sealing it. Later, when the tooth has done some healing, you will need to return to the office to get the tooth covered with a crown.
While many people may feel uncertain about getting a root canal treatment, it is there to help save your tooth and the doctors are there to make you comfortable. Dr. Jorge Ferreira is very skilled at keeping you pain-free for both the treatment at our office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and for helping you care for your tooth during recovery. Many people are unaware that the treatment is less painful than the infection, and getting the treatment can make your tooth even better than before.
For more information about root canals and root canal therapy, call our office today.