Root Canal Treatment

root canal treatment for infected tooth diagramA root canal is a common endodontic treatment Dr. Bryant performs here in our Denver office. Root canals are performed to reduce the pain caused by a damaged nerve within a tooth. This damage typically originates from decay, a broken tooth, infection, a large filling, or trauma. Once the nerve is compromised to the point it cannot heal itself, a root canal may be the only treatment to save the tooth from extraction.

Root canal therapy removes the affected nerve tissue and cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth so it can be restored. After your root canal, a permanent restoration is needed to replace missing tooth structure, seal off the endodontic treatment, and support the tooth to withstand normal biting forces. This last step is important, otherwise the tooth may decay or break and end up needing to be completely removed.

You may need a root canal if you notice your teeth are often sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Other symptoms that may suggest you need a root canal include:

  • Significant pain with chewing or biting down
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Pain that lingers after cold or hot foods and beverages
  • Discoloration of the gums

The only way to know for sure if it’s time to get a root canal is by visiting an experienced dentist who can evaluate your needs.

Root Canal process diagramDo Root Canals Hurt?

We take great care to ensure that your procedure is as painless as possible, and we have a variety of tools to reduce your anxiety about dental procedures, including our therapy dogs!

In general, root canal treatments are very similar to getting a routine filling. The area and root of the nerve are numbed with anesthesia. Root canals are relatively painless and very effective- the treatment will actually often relieve the tooth pain you may be experiencing. Before you know it, you’ll be back to eating and drinking your favorite foods and beverages without pain or discomfort.

Why Are Root Canals Important?

Most think root canal treatments are just about reducing pain but the nerves that serve each tooth are incredibly important to health and strength of the tooth. Root canal treatment has many advantages in addition to just reducing pain, these advantages include:

  • Saving the natural tooth
  • Effective biting and chewing
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Protection of other teeth from additional wear and tear

At South Shore Dental, we pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of exceptional dental services to meet all your needs under one roof. Whether you’re in need of root canal treatment in Denver or are simply looking for a family dentist to go to for examinations and routine cleanings, you can find what you’re looking for when you turn to Dr. Bryant and his team.

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