Root Canal Treatment in a Comfortable Setting
Everyone associates root canal treatment with pain, but a root canal will alleviate pain, not cause it. Your dentist can perform this procedure, but you may be referred to an endodontist, a dentist that specializes in the pulp (innermost layer) of teeth. An endodontist is specifically trained to perform this procedure.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
You should consult your dentist first, but if you have unbearable pain from a tooth, this may be a strong indication that you need to have a root canal. Some other signs and symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums near a painful tooth
The Root Canal Procedure
Endodontists are specially trained in dental pulp, where the nerves and blood vessels are housed. Your regular dentist can complete your root canal, but in more difficult cases, an endodontist is needed. Root canal treatment is one of the more common dental procedures, so it shouldn’t cause you any anxiety.
The procedure itself generally consists of the following steps:
- Your dentist will take x-rays of your problem tooth. From these, the dentist will determine the next steps.
- You will be given local anesthetic to ensure you won’t experience pain during the procedure.
- The dentist or endodontist will make an opening at the crown of your tooth.
- Any and all decayed pulp is removed from the tooth.
- The dentist will either leave the tooth open to drain, or cover the hole with a cap or filling.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
To schedule your appointment, fill out our online form or call us at 303-515-7008. At 38th Modern Dental, our full team of dental professionals, including our in-house endodontist, can meet all of your dental needs.