Root Canal Therapy
At Fife Dental Care in Rio Rancho, we provide excellent preventative care and help our patients keep their natural teeth through the least invasive methods possible. In the event of an infection in the root of the tooth, root canal therapy may be the best option to preserve the tooth.
Contact Fife Dental Care online or
call 505.994.1700 to schedule an appointment.
Symptoms of Tooth Root Infection or Abscess
In early stages, tooth decay is often asymptomatic—it causes no pain and may only be detected by a dental X-ray or probing. However, if left untreated, the bacteria may penetrate deeper in the tooth, infecting the pulp chamber and root. While some patients may still experience no symptoms, most people experience:
- Severe pain when chewing, biting or applying pressure (as one does when clenching or grinding)
- Sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the hot or cold has been removed
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen, painful gums around the tooth
- Persistent or recurring pustule on the gums
If you have any of these symptoms, the earlier you seek treatment, the more likely Dr. Fife will be able to effectively treat the bacterial infection and save your tooth.
Why You Should Not Put off Root Canal Therapy
Putting off root canal treatment can lead to more severe oral health issues, include an abscess. In an abscess, bacteria-infected pus collects below the root of the tooth, causing swelling and severe pain in the mouth and jaw. If left untreated, the infection can progress into bone and other soft tissues. Treating the infection at this point may require tooth extraction, removal of necrotic tissue and bone grafting. Implants or bridges may also be necessary to prevent drifting of remaining teeth and restore the appearance of your smile.
Anxiety-Free Root Canal Treatment in Rio Rancho, NM
We understand that for most people, the idea of root canal therapy is scary, but it doesn’t have to be. At Fife Dental Care, we do everything we can to make sure you are completely at ease during your root canal treatment procedure. We will discuss your treatment beforehand to answer any questions and address your concerns, help you identify anxiety-relieving strategies for the treatment day and provide you with adequate sedation to keep feeling relaxed and virtually pain-free.
There’s no need to tolerate dental pain any longer. Contact Fife Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.