Root Canal Treatment
Ideally, tooth decay can be effectively prevented or treated through minimally invasive restorative dentistry procedures. However, sometimes tooth decay is too advanced, and to prevent losing the tooth, endodontic (root canal) treatment may be necessary. Patients of Fife Dental Care in Rio Rancho, NM can receive root canal treatment from their regular family dentist.
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When Root Canal Treatment is Necessary
Tooth decay or fractures damage the protective enamel of your tooth, allowing bacterial infections to develop in the pulp chamber, possibly even the root. These bacterial infections can cause pain and swelling, and if left untreated, can result in tooth loss or even damage underlying bone tissue.
To save a cracked or diseased tooth, the bacterial infection must be removed and the tooth restored—that’s what root canal treatment does. During a root canal procedure, dead pulp and the root of the tooth affected by the infection are removed. The chamber is then sterilized and filled. In some cases, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth for added strength and protection.
Saving a cracked or diseased tooth is important for the health of surrounding teeth, making root canal therapy a better restorative option than tooth extraction for many patients.
Root Canal Treatment and Sedation Dentistry
The idea of root canal therapy brings up anxiety for many people, but fear of the procedure should not get in the way of quality dental care. Dr. Fife is licensed by the State of New Mexico to provide sedation dentistry, allowing you to relax and making the procedure virtually pain free. Talk to Dr. Fife about your fears, and he can determine if you would benefit from oral conscious sedation.
Quality Endodontic Care
There’s no need to suffer prolonged tooth pain or to find a specialist for endodontic care. Fife Dental Care in Rio Rancho provides root canal treatment, and we practice conservative restorative dentistry to help you keep your natural teeth.