Creekside Endodontics Offers Root Canals in Lone Tree CO
Has Your Dentist Recommended a Root Canal?
Andrew R. Stubbs, DMD Explains
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy (also known as “endodontic treatment”) is the removal of infected pulp from the root canals of teeth. Tooth pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When the tooth is damaged, either through extensive decay or fracture, bacteria enters the root areas and causes an infection. The only way to cure the infection is by removing the pulp.
Root Canals: The Process
The first step in root canal treatment is to access the root canals through the top of the crown and remove the infected pulp. The canals are then irrigated and sterilized, and then sealed. Finally, the patient returns to his or her restorative (general) dentist where a fabricated crown is placed.
Root Canals Save Teeth
As dental professionals, saving your natural teeth is our number one priority. We know that nothing functions as well as a natural tooth. That’s why extraction should always be a last resort. Thanks to endodontic treatment, we save hundreds of teeth each year from extraction! This allows patients to maintain normal, healthy eating habits with their natural teeth in place. When cared for properly, the restored tooth can even last a lifetime.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
No. The tooth and surrounding area are kept completely numb during the procedure. Most patients are actually relieved after treatment because the pain that they were feeling before is now gone. As the numbing wears off, most patients are able to adequately control any residual discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. Medication instructions will be discussed at your appointment.
Root Canals Can Fix:
• Broken Teeth – A broken tooth is at risk of infection and typically requires root canal treatment.
• Abscesses – This type of infection often originates in the roots.
• Severe Decay – Extensive tooth decay will eventually reach the roots, requiring endodontic treatment.
• Dead Nerves – A nerve that is not responsive indicates infection in the root canals, requiring treatment.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
• Abscess (often you will see a “bubble” of infection on the gums)
• Tooth discoloration (darkening)
• Pain or swelling around the tooth
• Painful chewing
How much does a root canal cost?
There are many variables that go into the cost of a root canal, including the extent of damage, which tooth is affected, and insurance benefits. It’s always important to remember, however, that saving a natural tooth is much less expensive than extracting and replacing it.
If you have been referred to us for root canal treatment, we want you to know that you are in good hands. We are here to get you through your root canal safely and without pain! Please call us at Lone Tree Office Phone Number (303) 524-9343 for more information.
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