Do I Need A Root Canal?

Most people shudder when they hear the words ‘root canal’, but this procedure can be a very effective way to relieve the pain of an infected tooth while saving your tooth from further decay.

Paying attention to these signs and getting the work done promptly can save you from worsening pain and help you keep your tooth. The following are a few of the symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal:

  • Extreme sensitivity in your tooth, especially to hot or cold.
  • Toothache pain that is severe or persistent.
  • Abscess on or swelling of gums.

If you notice any of the above, please call for an appointment. We’ll examine your tooth and can determine whether a root canal is required.

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canals are used to save teeth that are deeply decayed. This happens when the decay goes so deep that it reaches the tooth’s pulp (tissue inside the tooth). Decay can then cause infection, which needs to be cleaned out. Similarly, if you have received an injury or some kind of trauma to the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.

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The Root Canal Procedure

To save your tooth and to relieve your pain, we will remove the pulp from the center of your tooth. We’ll also remove bacteria and decay. The space is then filled with medicated dental material which restores your tooth, allowing it to function normally again.

Best of all, once we’ve completed the procedure, you’ll be free from pain. Often, we’ll also cap your tooth with a dental crown, further protecting and strengthening it. Your tooth has been saved, and your pain is alleviated.

There is nothing to fear with a root canal, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your experience is comfortable. We can provide anesthesia to lessen your pain and discomfort.

After your root canal, you will want to wait for the numbness and anesthesia to wear off before you eat. We’ll provide antibiotics, which you should take to prevent any further infection.

Root Canal Therapy at Mark W. Johnson DDS

Root Canal Therapy at Mark W. Johnson DDS
What is root canal therapy? What is the process involved? Watch this video by Dr. Johnson from Mark W. Johnson DDS to learn all you need to know about root canal therapy.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

This is Dr. Mark Johnson, the name of my practice is Mark W. Johnson DDS Incorporated.

Usually, the cause or the need for a root canal is because we’ve had decay deep into the tooth and into the nerve itself, causing the nerve of the tooth to die.

What is the process of Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is done under local anesthesia with prior antibiotics and antimicrobial rinse treatment.

We go in through the biting surface of the tooth, drill a small hole in there, go in down the canal or the roots, and physically remove the dead or necrotic nerve tissue and all the blood supply there.

We sterilize the inside of the canal and then seal it off with a very inert filling material.

Usually, the procedure is relatively quick, and there’s not a lot of pain associated with it; there is always a little bit of discomfort.

However, we try to minimize that. If I find that I’m working or doing a root canal on a patient and the patient is uncomfortable, we will stop and postpone that visit for another visit the following week.

After the root canal therapy is completed, we recommend that the tooth have a crown placed on it to give it more strength.

Does the tooth lose its integrity after the treatment process?

That’s not true because we’re maintaining the integrity of the root in the bone, thereby preserving the bone structure around the tooth root itself. The tooth becomes non-vital. However, it is very functional.

We’ve done hundreds of procedures, and our results are usually very good.

It’s not a scary procedure. The words are scary, and there are some horror stories associated with root canal therapy where patients were very uncomfortable.

If you’re interested, call us, and we would love to discuss things with you.


Call To Relieve Your Toothache

If you’ve been suffering from tooth pain or you’ve noticed any of the signs we described above, don’t hesitate to call us. A root canal is a wonderful way to treat your infected tooth and alleviate your pain.

Dr. Mark W. Johnson, DDS

Dr. Johnson has always loved assisting others and aspired to be a dentist himself. He started private practice after receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he has served the Albuquerque community for almost three decades.

Dr. Johnson's dental team's objective is to instruct, educate, and encourage their dental family to strive for and achieve optimal oral health, as well as to provide valuable, excellent dental care in a warm, friendly, and compassionate atmosphere.

He constantly expands his knowledge through continuing education classes in procedures like Invisalign® and various dental techniques. He and his colleagues work hard to go above and beyond your expectations.