You have probably heard of root canal therapy before but may be unaware of what it actually involves. That’s not surprising given how many different misconceptions there are about the root canal. In fact, its reputation for pain and undue discomfort is unwarranted given advances in dental technology and dental care techniques.
When you meet with a Denver cosmetic dentist you’ll be able to learn more about this and other dental treatment options in greater detail. We’d like to go over some of the basics of root canal treatment right now so you have a good general understanding of what is involved and what to expect from treatment.
The Structure of Your Teeth
Within each tooth is pulp chamber. This pulp chamber contains soft tissue known as dental pulp. The dental pulp helps nourish the tooth and also contains nerve endings that are connected to the tooth root and jawbone.
When the dental pulp within a tooth is infected by bacteria, advanced restorative dentistry treatment is needed to ensure the infection does not spread and lead to further dental problems. This procedure is known as a root canal.
What Root Canal Therapy Means for Patients
A root canal involves the removal of the diseased dental pulp following severe tooth decay or serious damage to the tooth. By undergoing a root canal, patients will ensure that their natural tooth is saved and will not need to be extracted. Avoiding extraction is ideal since maintaining as much natural tooth structure as possible ensures better dental health in the long run.
Ideal Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
The best candidates for root canal therapy are people who have experienced major tooth decay or a serious tooth injury that has caused harm to the dental pulp. We will determine if a root canal or another dental treatment will be ideal for a patient during the consultation process at our Denver cosmetic and restorative dentistry center.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the root canal procedure, local anesthetic is administered to reduce any pain or discomfort experienced. The tooth is carefully drilled into in order to access the pulp chamber. The pulp within the tooth is removed and the pulp chamber is sterilized to kill any remaining bacteria. An inert material is used to fill the tooth and the tooth is then capped with a dental crown to strengthen it and protect it from further harm.
Other Options for Restorative Dentistry
In some instances, a tooth will need to be removed if it cannot be saved with a root canal. There are different ways to address the issue of a missing tooth. Sometimes a dental bridge will be ideal, though in other cases it may be better for the patient to receive Denver dental implants. These artificial tooth roots will be able to support a bridge or an individual dental crown. We will go over all of your options for effective dental care during your visit.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments
For more information about root canal therapy and your many other options for advanced dental care treatments, be sure to contact our Denver cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental health and dental care needs.