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What is Root Canal Therapy?

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Root canal or endodontic therapy involves the elimination of infection and decay from the interior of the tooth: in the root canals and in its central pulp chamber, where all the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues are housed. Infection is typically caused when bacteria find a route into the heart of the tooth, either by decay of the protective enamel covering the dentin of the tooth or by physical trauma leading to a crack, chip or fracture.

Either way, since the inside of a tooth is encased by a hard protective shell, the chances of it healing on its own are exceptionally slim and so our doctors will recommend prompt treatment.

Root Canal Therapy: What Does it Involve?

During treatment, our expert dentists will administer a local anesthetic to the gums directly outside the offending tooth. This is to ensure that you are completely comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are particularly nervous about dental treatment, we do offer sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable and totally anxiety-free. Once you are comfortable, the doctor will access the infected interior of the tooth.

Very delicate dental instruments are used to remove the infected tissue from the tooth and then very carefully clean the pulp chamber and root canals. An anti-bacterial salve may be applied to the tooth before it is filled with an inert cement-like compound. Once the doctor is happy that the tooth has been properly cleaned of infection, he will repair the drill hole by capping it with a strong and durable ceramic crown. This will restore both the function and give a beautiful cosmetic appearance to the tooth.

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After the Procedure

Root canal therapy has a bit of a reputation for being very painful, however, if you take the analgesic medication prescribed to you by your specialist, there is no reason you will need to endure any discomfort. The tooth will be sensitive for a few days afterwards and it is recommended that you stick to a diet of softer foods. Once your tooth has healed, you will be able to resume your normal diet and the tooth will continue to function as if nothing happened to it in the first place!

If you experience any prolonged pain and sensitivity of a tooth that has been treated with a root canal, it is recommended that you give our office a call and book yourself a follow-up appointment. In spite of the best efforts of an endodontist in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, root canal therapy can fail and it’s important that re-infection is treated in its early stages.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

In spite of the incredible advancements that have been made in modern dentistry, there just isn’t fancy gadgetry that can rival the benefits and longevity of your own biological technology. For this reason, our doctors will always try to save your natural teeth before simply extracting and replacing them. A root canal therapy can literally save a tooth that would otherwise succumb to decay and infection.

It should also be mentioned that an infected pulp chamber or root is exceptionally painful and endodontic therapy provides relief!


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