If you just found out you need a root canal, rest assured, you are not alone. Many people all over receive root canal treatment and have their teeth saved through endodontic treatment. Fortunately, Dr. Paul Redpath at Dillon Ridge Family Dental specializes in root canals.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are a type of treatment Dr. Redpath does to repair and save teeth that become infected or are badly decayed. He removes the nerve and pulp in the root canal procedure and cleans and seals the inside of your tooth. The tissue of your neighboring tooth will become infected and you can form abscesses if you don’t have a root canal procedure done.
Why Would You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is required if genetics or injury causes a tooth to crack, you have problems with existing fillings or you have a deep cavity. Typically, you’d require a root canal if you notice your teeth are sensitive, mostly to things that are hot and cold.
You may require a root canal if you experience certain symptoms, such as:
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Severe pain while you bite or chew
- Tender or swollen gums
- Pimples on your gums
- Darkening of your gums or deep decay
- Lingering hot or cold sensitivity, even after the removal of the sensation
How Does a Root Canal Save Your Tooth?
Dr. Redpath removes the infected or inflamed pulp and shapes and cleans the inside of the root canal carefully. He then fills it and seals up the space. Then, you’ll return to his office where he’ll place some type of restoration (often a crown) on your tooth to restore it to its full function and protect it. Following your restoration treatment, your tooth will continue functioning like any other tooth.
How Does a Root Canal Procedure Work?
Dr. Redpath can perform a root canal procedure in one or two visits. The procedure involves several steps:
- He’ll examine and take a radiograph of your tooth through the use of X-rays. He’ll administer local anesthetic. After he numbs your tooth, he’ll then place a dental dam (small protective sheet) over the area in order to isolate your tooth and help it stay clean and saliva free during your treatment.
- Dr. Redpath makes an opening in the crown of your tooth. Using tiny tools, he’ll clean the pulp out of the root canals and pulp chamber and shape the space to fill it.
- After he cleans and shapes the space, he’ll use a biocompatible material to fill the root canal, typically a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. He’ll then place this gutta-percha using adhesive cement to make sure the root canals are sealed completely. Usually, he’ll place a temporary filling to close the opening. He’ll then remove the temporary filling before restoring your tooth.
- After your last visit with our Dillon, CO dentist, you will need to come back to our office to have him place a restoration (likely a crown) on your tooth for restoring it to full function and protecting it.
Many endodontic procedures are used for relieving toothache pain caused by infection or pulp inflammation. With today’s anesthetics and modern techniques, most patients say they experience a comfortable procedure.
For your first several days following your procedure, your tooth might feel sensitive, particularly if you had an infection or were experiencing pain before your treatment. You can take OTC or prescription medicine to relieve the discomfort. Just be sure to follow your instructions carefully.
If your tooth continues feeling a bit different from your other teeth after the completion of your endodontic treatment, this is normal. However, if you’re experiencing severe pressure or pain that lasts over the course of a few days, give our office a call.
Schedule Your Root Canal Consultation
You deserve a great-looking and healthy smile. Here at Dillon Ridge Family Dental, we’re dedicated to making this happen for you. We take a comprehensive approach to general and family dentistry so your entire family can benefit from a perfect, healthy smile for many years to come. Contact our office today, call (970) 262‐2002 to schedule your root canal consultation.