Root Canal Therapy in Aurora CO
You’ve heard about them and what you heard probably wasn’t positive. Let us put your mind at ease. Here at Mile High Dentistry in Aurora, Colorado, we understand the anxiety and fears that some patients have when it comes to more involved dental procedures like a root canal. We believe that knowing exactly what to expect can go a long way in helping patients overcome their dread. We also pride ourselves on our high level of patient care, so you can trust that you’re incapable, caring hands when you’re in our practice.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to remove bacteria from a tooth’s infected root canal. The procedure helps prevent future infection of the tooth and to save the natural tooth. During the procedure, the infected pulp (the soft tissue deep below the enamel) is removed, the interior of the tooth and the canal are cleaned and disinfected, and the opening is filled and sealed. In most cases, a restoration such as a dental crown is required.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
No one wants to have an invasive procedure, but there are times that a root canal is the best, or only, option. Remember, undergoing minor discomfort to save your natural tooth is far better than losing your tooth to extraction.
You may need a root canal if you have:
- Unending pain that keeps you awake at night and/or disrupts your normal activities
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- A chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth
- Extreme tooth decay
- An abscess, often indicated by painful swollen gums and/or a bump on the gum
If you need a root canal, let us put your mind at ease. Modern dentistry makes this procedure similar to a filling. The benefit of saving your tooth far outweighs any minor discomfort from the procedure. And remember, we offer IV and oral sedation options for our patients who have extreme anxiety or phobias regarding dental treatment. We’re happy to discuss your options when you come to the office.
Regardless of whether you require mild sedation for the procedure, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic so that you feel no pain, only mild pressure, during the procedure.
Once the area is numb, the dentist will isolate the tooth with a small protective sheet so that saliva stays out of the area during the procedure.
An opening is made into the tooth and very small specialized instruments are used to remove the infected pulp. Once the area is cleaned and disinfected, the dentist will fill the space with a special material to seal the area. A temporary filling in then placed in the tooth.
Once your dental crown is made in the lab and ready to install, you will return to the office so that the temporary filling can be removed and the crown can be permanently placed. Your return visit is not nearly as involved as the root canal procedure and your restoration will be complete and fully functional.
We’re happy to answer any questions you have about root canal therapy. Please call us at (303) 745-3182 if you feel you may need a root canal. Dental issues do not correct themselves and early intervention can save your tooth!