Root Canals

Helping You Through a Root Canal

Root Canal Procedure

Root canal therapy is used to fix a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.

The root canal procedure is performed when the pulp of a tooth is damaged or if nerves are infected. In this procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

Is a Root Canal Necessary?

Pain that comes from a tooth needing a root canal is fairly specific. The tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold stimulus, and often the pain caused by extreme temperatures will continue after the heat or cold has passed. This pain may progress into headaches, and in some cases, swelling due to an abscess. The affected tooth may also become discolored, and there may be swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. It’s always best to contact your dentist if you are experiencing these symptoms.

The Root Canal Procedure

Root canals have a reputation of being painful, but in reality, it is a common endodontic treatment to relieve pain. In some cases, your dentist can perform the root canal, but an endodontist or oral surgeon may be required for more complicated situations. Endodontists have been trained specifically for root canals and other endodontic procedures. Endodontic treatment helps you continue eating the foods you love pain-free and limits the need for ongoing dental work.

During the procedure, these are the steps you can expect to go through:

  1. First, x-rays will be taken to assess the damage to the tooth.
  2. Local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area and prevent any discomfort.
  3. A rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep the area dry.
  4. The dentist or endodontist will drill an access hole in the crown of the tooth.
  5. The pulp, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth.
  6. Once the tooth is cleaned, it is sealed. Depending on the particular patient, the tooth may be left open to drain before it is filled or sealed, or they may put a temporary filling in the tooth.

Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist

For your convenience, Lowry Main Street Dental has a diverse staff with specialized training, including a certified endodontist, to ensure any and all procedures can be performed at our office. Call 303-364-6659 or fill out an appointment request form to schedule an appointment today!