A severe toothache or sensitivity to extreme hot or cold is usually a sign that there is something wrong with your teeth or gums. While there are several possible causes of tooth pain and sensitivity our Englewood dentist often finds that there is significant decay deep inside the roots of the tooth. When this happens our doctors will usually recommend a Englewood root canal treatment as the solution to the problem. If left untreated the condition may well worsen and lead to more pain, an abscess or to eventual loss of the tooth.
When a crack develops in a tooth or the surface of the tooth is sufficiently decayed irritants and bacteria get under the tooth’s outer layer of enamel and inner protective layer of dentin onto the tooth’s core, the pulp. The pulp will start to decay and even get infected. During the Englewood root canal procedure our dentist will drill an opening into the infected area and then use special miniature tools to clean out all the decayed and infected pulp. Once a tooth has matured it no longer needs the inner pulp core for its nutrients. When the tooth’s root has been thoroughly cleaned our doctor will seal the canals so no new bacteria or irritants can’t get in and a crown to complete the treatment tops the restored tooth. The tooth is now strong and fully functional.
Root canal procedures are not the most popular procedures our dentist performs in terms of patient perceptions and expectations. Most patients who haven’t had root canal therapy before think the worse and dread the procedure. However, advances in anesthesia and dental technique have made Englewood root canal treatments virtually painless and our compassionate staff endeavors to make it stress-free as well. Our doctor starts the procedure with a topical anesthetic to numb the surface area around the tooth and then uses an injected local anesthetic to numb the tooth, gums and the surrounding area. The patient feels nothing except maybe some slight pressure on the tooth. If you are having tooth pain make an appointment with one of our doctors to have it checked out – it just might save your teeth.