Protect Infected Teeth with Our Colorado Springs Dentist by Root Canal Treatment
One of the oldest myths related to dentistry is how painful root canals are and how patients should avoid them at all cost, but it's not true! This procedure is common, safe, and beneficial for your long-term dental health. Our Colorado Springs dentist breaks down what this treatment entails and how it protects your smile.
To save an infected tooth, our team will perform a root canal. A tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked and damaged surface area needs treatment as soon as possible. This infection will run deeper if not addressed, spreading further into the gums and continuing to cause damage including dental decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. We strive for our patients to have a long-lasting smile and tackling an infected tooth is a vital step.
What are the Signs that a Root Canal is Needed?
• Tooth pain that wakes you up at night
• Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks with lingering pain
• Severe tooth pain while chewing
• Discoloration of the tooth
• Swollen gums in and around the area of the infected tooth
What Does a Root Canal Treatment Involve?
First, we create an opening into the pulp chamber through the crown of your tooth. Once the infected pulp is removed, we'll thoroughly clean the root canal. Depending on the severity of the infection, we may complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, so a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth in between appointments. When you return, Dr. Wonnacott will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and then place the permanent filling or crown over the tooth to protect it.
Root canals have a high rate of success as many teeth can be saved to last a lifetime. With the help of the filling or crown, it'll be difficult for people to even notice you've had treatment done! At Gleneagle Dental, our Colorado Springs dentist is dedicated to taking care of your smile in every way possible. Call (719) 488-2222 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wonnacott and our team today.