Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required when a tooth’s nerve is damaged by decay or infection. Your dentist at Spring Creek Dental in Fort Collins might recommend a root canal if you are experiencing severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling or tenderness, or an abscess on the gums. These problems may arise for several reasons: decay may have reached the tooth pulp, an infection may be present at the root tip inside the tooth, or the tooth may have suffered some trauma or injury. In some cases, you may need a root canal when you aren’t experiencing any noticeable symptoms.
To save the tooth, Dr. Kaines or Dr. Cosper will remove the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and decay. The resulting space is then filled with medicated dental materials that restore the tooth to full function. A root canal can save a tooth that might otherwise die and require extraction. Root canal treatment has a high rate of success and typically lasts a lifetime, though at times a tooth may require retreatment due to new infection.
What is Involved with Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal requires one or more appointments and can be performed by your dentist at Spring Creek Dental of Fort Collins, or by a root canal specialist or endodontist.
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam, or a sheet of rubber, will be placed around the tooth to ensure it is dry and free of saliva during treatment. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and root canal files are placed in the opening, one at a time, to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, Dr. Kaines or Dr. Cosper will remove it with dental instruments.
After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed. Your dentist may use a permanent filling or a temporary filling if you require additional appointments. If a temporary filling is placed, you will have a follow-up appointment in about a week. At this time, the roots and inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed. Your dentist will place a filling to cover the opening on the top of the tooth. Many teeth that have undergone root canal therapy require a crown as well. The crown serves to protect the tooth from breakage as well as assuring optimal function of the tooth.
After each appointment, your dental professional will provide care instructions. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your Fort Collins dentist at Spring Creek Dental will enhance the success of your root canal therapy. Your tooth may still be sensitive after treatment, but this diminishes as inflammation diminishes and the tooth heals.
Find a Dentist in Fort Collins, CO – Spring Creek Dental Office Location
Our Fort Collins dental office is located in the Rolland Moore Park area (near Colorado State University), on Shields Street between Prospect and Drake. At our convenient location in Fort Collins, CO, we are easily accessible to residents of Fort Collins and to surrounding areas. Root canal treatment is routinely performed at Spring Creek Dental’s Fort Collins dentist office. A map and driving directions to our Fort Collins dentist office location can be found by clicking here.
Fort Collins, CO 80526