Taking Away the Pain with a Root Canal Treatment
When the soft tissue of a tooth is inflamed or infected, it can cause extreme pain. In such cases, it’s best to seek the help of your dentist. The most common treatment for this problem is root canal treatment. Your dentist can perform a root canal, but it is most often performed by an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in the pulp (nerve) and the root of teeth. A root canal, contrary to its reputation, takes away the pain rather than causing it. Most patients will feel only minor discomfort during the procedure.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
You should consult with your dentist on whether or not you need a root canal. Although there are many reasons why it would be necessary, these are a few of the more common indicators that a root canal is needed:
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Pain while eating or when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Lingering pain and sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- In some cases, a small, pimple-like bump will appear on the gums near the area of affected tooth
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal can be daunting, but it is one of the more common procedures. Most often, this is performed by an endodontist, a specialist with at least two years of additional education specifically to become an expert in the interior portion of the tooth (pulp) and in performing root canal treatments.
The process of root canal treatment most often follows these steps:
- X-rays are taken so the dentist can assess the damage to the tooth and to see if there is any sign of infection in the surrounding bone.
- The dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
- The dentist makes an access hole in the top of the tooth.
- The pulp is cleaned out of the tooth through the access hole.
- The tooth is sealed. This can often be done the same day, but in some cases, the dentist may wait and medicate the tooth for a period of time before sealing.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
Stapleton Modern Dental has a certified Stapleton-area endodontist on staff who can ensure you get personalized treatment if you have to have a root canal. Call our office at 303-785-8991 or fill out an appointment request form to schedule an appointment today!