Colorado Springs Root Canal Treatment
If a tooth has a severe infection, then it might be necessary to clean out the root so that the infection can be eliminated. As a comprehensive dental care provider, Dr. Gary Hickenlooper provides root canal therapy to residents of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities. A Colorado Springs root canal treatment can be used to save the tooth, giving you the option to protect your natural smile for many years. With advanced training and state of the art equipment, Dr. Hickenlooper makes endodontic therapy a much more streamlined and enjoyable experience for patients.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
Sensitivity to hot and cold.
Severe toothache pain.
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
Swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What Happens During Colorado Springs Root Canal Therapy?
Untreated dental decay and infection can move into the root of the tooth. For this reason, you will likely experience pain and severe discomfort due to the infection. Sometimes, an abscess can form as the infection spreads into the gums around the tooth.
When the infection is so severe that it impacts the root of the tooth, it’s necessary for the dentist to access the central area of the tooth to remove the infection. During a root canal, the decay and pulp of the tooth are removed. Then, the dentist can seal the interior section of the tooth and fill it in.
Delaying treatment could lead to loss of the tooth, so it is better to choose a root canal treatment in Colorado Springs to maintain the overall structure of the tooth. Modern technology can be used to save the tooth so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile. After the root canal is finished, it is common to add a dental crown or inlay to strengthen the remainder of the tooth.
Colorado Springs Root Canals From An Experienced Team
Since a root canal is a detailed dental procedure, it is important that you choose a dental team you can trust. We provide the latest advances in technology and a highly trained staff. You can relax in the dental chair knowing that we always offer top-notch dental services.
The only way to know if a root canal treatment is necessary is by talking to an experienced dental team. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our Colorado Springs endodontic specialist so that we can discuss your individual needs. These personalized recommendations will help you choose the treatments that will protect your smile.
For more information about root canals and other dental services, contact us to schedule a consultation.