Root Canals

Root Canal Treatment in a Comfortable Setting

Root Canal Procedure
Sometimes, persistent tooth pain is a sign that you need a root canal. If your dentist decides this is the right solution for you, you may be referred to an endodontist, a dentist who focuses on salvaging teeth using procedures involving the pulp (nerve) and root of teeth. The most common procedure that an endodontist performs is a root canal.

 

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you think you may benefit from getting a root canal procedure, you should start with a trip to your dentist. Here are some common signs that you need a root canal:

  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums close to a pesky tooth
  • Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe tooth pain (especially when eating or applying pressure to the area)

Getting a Root Canal

Many patients feel nervous for their root canal procedure, but root canals actually reduce pain, not cause it. Most patients report that during a root canal, they experience the same amount of pain as they would during a cavity filling. Either a dentist or endodonist will complete the procedure, based on the severity of the case.

Below, please find an outline of the steps a root canal procedure generally follows:

  1. The dental professional performs x-rays to assess the damage to the tooth.
  2. You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
  3. The dentist opens the crown of the tooth and, using tools, clears out decayed pulp.
  4. Depending on the specific case at hand, the dentist will decide to leave the tooth open to drain prior to filling and sealing, or put a temporary filling in the tooth.

Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist

Our unique staff boasts a complete outfit of dental specialists in one location. We house a certified endodontist who works closely with dentists to ensure each patient receives individualized treatment. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for a Colorado Springs root canal, call our office at 719-387-4385 or fill out an appointment request form.