No one wants to hear that they need a root canal. However, despite their bad reputation, root canals are actually the best way to preserve the natural tooth if you have deep decay or infection. Without the option of a root canal, you would likely have to have the tooth extracted.
Here at Highpoint Dental Care, we understand that the thought of a root canal may make you apprehensive, and we will help you to relax as well as make the process as painless and comfortable as possible. Call us at 303-500-8701 today to schedule your appointment.
What Is A Root Canal?
Teeth consist of a hard enamel shell with soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerves inside, called dental pulp. A root canal procedure involves removing infected dental pulp from inside your tooth while preserving your tooth root and as much of your natural enamel as possible.
Once you have an infection that goes into the dental pulp, it is considered a dental emergency and you should have a root canal treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your head and neck.
If you have a toothache, it could be a sign of infection. Other signs include a bad taste in your mouth, gum redness, swelling, and pimple-like spots on your gums. If you suspect you may have a tooth infection, don't hesitate to come visit us for diagnosis and treatment.
The Root Canal Process
People tend to think that a root canal is a painful procedure, but this is not true. Modern advances in dental technology as well as local anesthetics mean that having a root canal is no worse than simply having a cavity filled. We will numb the tooth and surrounding area before proceeding with the root canal, so you won’t feel any pain.
After your root canal procedure, your tooth should feel much less painful than it did when you had an active infection. Root canals provide relief from pain, they don’t cause more pain! You may experience some discomfort or soreness around the affected tooth after your procedure, but we will prescribe medications to help with this if necessary.
A root canal typically requires two visits. During the first visit, we will extract the pulp through a small hole and close the hole with temporary cement. During the next visit, we will either place a white filling or a dental crown to strengthen the tooth.
Why Have A Root Canal?
You may wonder what the point of having a root canal is when it may be easier and less expensive to simply extract the infected tooth. Benefits of a root canal include:
- Preservation of the tooth root
- No unattractive holes in your smile
- Maintain support for surrounding teeth
Preserving the tooth root is the most important benefit of a root canal. Your tooth roots play an essential role in maintaining the health and structure of your jaw and surrounding teeth. If a tooth root goes missing, the jawbone in that area may start to shrink, since it lost the support of the root.
In addition, when a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift and loosen. Plus, holes in your smile are not only aesthetically unappealing, but they can also make it harder to chew and speak properly.
Advanced Endodontic Technology
Dr. Rowe and Dr. Baltz use the Carestream CS8100 3D cone beam machine to diagnose hard to detect tooth issues such as asymptomatic infections, root fractures, and cancers. In addition, it helps with measuring bone density and locating vital structures such as nerves during your root canal treatment.
Using this machine allows for:
- More accurate diagnoses
- Highly precise removal of infected material
- Better understanding of your unique tooth structure
This advanced technology is a valuable tool in our goal of creating the best patient experience possible. When you visit Highpoint Dental Care, you know that you will receive modern, safe, and effective treatment from our experienced and compassionate dentists.
Schedule Your Root Canal Appointment Today
If you have extensive decay or an infection in your tooth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Rowe and Dr. Baltz at Highpoint Dental Care by calling 303-617-9100 today. A tooth infection, when left alone, can spread and cause significant health problems, not to mention pain. Our dentists have extensive experience performing root canals and relieving pain for our patients.
We serve patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch, and other nearby areas of Colorado.