Root Canal Therapy
If you have a tooth that is the source of persistent pain, you may require root canal therapy. Despite its reputation, the root canal procedure is a virtually painless method of treating damage to the dental pulp that resides within the interior chambers of your teeth. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp, cleaning and filling the chamber from which the pulp was removed, and sealing the treated tooth off with a custom-crafted dental crown.
If you are looking for relief from the painful symptoms of a root canal infection, we encourage you to contact University Dental Arts today. During your consultation with Dr. David Redford, he will provide you with all of the information you need and answer any questions you might have about root canal therapy at our Denver, CO-area practice.
Symptoms That Root Canal Therapy Might Be Necessary
Many patients who require root canal therapy experience clear symptoms, but others do not. For this reason, it is important to have oral exams at least twice a year, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Common symptoms of root canal infections include:
- Tooth, gum, and jaw pain
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Tenderness when chewing
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling, drainage, and tenderness in the lymph nodes and nearby tissues
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Before patients undergo root canal therapy, they must first undergo a comprehensive exam, including x-rays. If Dr. Redford determines that root canal therapy is necessary, he will administer local anesthetic to the area. He will create an opening in the top of the tooth, through which the damaged pulp will be removed. Following this, he will use special instruments to clean the root canals that once contained the pulp and fill the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. A temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth until a permanent crown can be fabricated and placed over the tooth. About two weeks later, you can return to our office to have your custom restoration placed, restoring form and function to your smile.
What Are the Benefits?
Although many people assume that root canal therapy will cause pain, the procedure itself is quite comfortable and actually eliminates painful symptoms. Damaged or infected nerve tissue causes pain, so by having this tissue removed, you can find relief. Root canal therapy also allows you to maintain your natural tooth root. This is important because the absence of tooth roots can cause the jaw bone to atrophy. By undergoing root canal therapy, you are able to keep your natural tooth, avoid extraction, and maintain a healthy jaw.
Will I Need Treatment in the Future?
The most important factor in avoiding re-treatment of the damaged tooth is to select a highly trained professional to perform your root canal therapy. Your doctor should make every effort to remove all damaged tissue in order to avoid future problems. If the root canals are not properly disinfected, another root canal procedure or a more invasive endodontic procedure may be required in the future.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing painful symptoms and want to find relief, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation.