Root Canal Therapy in Cherry Creek
Root canals can be scary, but infected and damaged teeth can be even scarier. Root canals are the only effective way to fix those damaged teeth. Here at Aspen Dental, you can know that you are in the best care possible when it comes to root canal therapy. Let us help you eliminate any pain you may be feeling when it comes to infection and give you a smile that will boost your confidence.
How do you know if you need a Root Canal?
Root canals are done to treat damaged or diseased teeth. Inside of the tooth is a fleshy tissue called the pulp and it is made up of different nerves and blood vessels that all lead down into the root of the tooth. If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity, toothache when chewing or pressure is applied, discoloration, swelling around your gums, or extreme redness in your gums, the pulp inside your tooth is likely infected and a root canal is needed to fix the problem. An endodontist (a dentist who specializes in the inside of the tooth) will recommend a root canal to fix the damaged tooth and relieve pain. We have dentists trained in root canal therapy that will do your root canal. A root canal ensures that your teeth are back to normal in no time.
What is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
Before beginning, each patient is administered anesthesia to numb the tooth and mouth. With today’s technology, it is unlikely that any pain will be felt during the procedure. After numbing, we will begin treating the damaged or diseased tooth by taking a tiny drill and creating an opening at the top of the tooth. The infected pulp inside the tooth will then be drained, and the tooth will be cleaned and dried using very small dental instruments. The root canal will be sealed with a dental filling to keep the tooth secure and dry. Finally, the tooth will be capped to return it to its original functionality. While it may sound complex, the entire procedure normally lasts about an hour.
After the procedure:
Your mouth and teeth will likely be sensitive following the root canal procedure. A prescription for pain medication should be given to ease any discomfort and only soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing should be eaten. A follow-up visit is almost always recommended and always necessary when it comes to root canals. You can brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, just being extra sensitive to the treated tooth. Caring for your teeth about the procedure is important to heal quickly and prevent any relapsing issues.
If you have any questions about root canal therapy, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling (720) 438-4208. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, and we are happy to answer any of your questions over the phone or in person.