Root Canals

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Albuquerque, NM

Despite the myths about them, root canals don’t actually hurt – instead, they can help relieve the pain often associated with infected teeth. Expert cosmetic dentist Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, can save teeth that suffer from pulp infections due to decay, helping her patients protect the beauty of their natural smile. To learn more about how root canal therapy can help save your teeth, call her office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or book your appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

When you think about your teeth, you probably think about their hard exterior. But inside your tooth is a soft, sensitive area called the pulp. This center area of your tooth is made up of nerves and tissue. So it’s no surprise that when decay reaches this area, it hurts. 

Not too long ago, damage reaching the pulp of your tooth would be a cause for pulling the tooth. But Dr. Nichols uses root canal therapy to avoid this outcome. During the root canal procedure, bacteria and infected pulp is removed from the root. The inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, then filled and sealed against future decay.

Why would I need a root canal?

Dr. Nichols offers root canals whenever your tooth has experienced damage or decay that’s significant enough to doom the tooth without this treatment. The most common reasons for needing a root canal include:

  • Tooth decay that has reached the pulp
  • Tooth injury, such as during a car accident
  • Tooth infections
  • Tooth abscesses

No matter what is causing your tooth pain and damage, Dr. Nichols offers effective, comfortable root canal therapy. 

What should I expect during a root canal?

Your provider thoroughly numbs the area to ensure you’re completely comfortable during your procedure. Once you’re numb, the team removes any decay and thoroughly cleans the inside of your tooth.

Once your tooth is clean, Dr. Nichols puts a permanent filling in place. You may also require a crown to protect the completed root canal in the case of severely damaged teeth.

Do root canals hurt?

During the procedure, Dr. Nichols uses topical anesthesia to ensure your comfort. You might experience a toothache after your root canal, but this discomfort is effectively eliminated by over-the-counter pain medications. You will be able to return to work the next day.

With good oral hygiene — including brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting Dr. Nichols for checkups — the results of your root canal can last your lifetime.

Tooth damage doesn’t have to compromise your natural smile. Learn how Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, can save your tooth with a root canal by calling the office or scheduling your appointment online today.