If you have a toothache that lasts more than a few days in Pueblo, you may have an infected tooth. You should come to see Dr. Dave at Rocky Mountain Dental Co. right away. A root canal may be the only way to save your tooth and prevent further complications. Contact us now a 719-544-7672 to schedule an emergency appointment.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that is used to remove infected material from the inside of your tooth when it has become infected. If the outer layers of your tooth are destroyed by an untreated cavity or by oral trauma such as a broken tooth, the interior “pulp” can become exposed to oral bacteria.
A root canal is used to remove infected material and restore the tooth, preventing it from dying and falling out, thereby eliminating the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth.
Root canal therapy is necessary if you have an infected tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it will begin to decay and die. If left untreated, this will likely result in the loss of your tooth. Root canal therapy can be used to remove the infected material and bacteria, restore your tooth, and prevent its loss.
Signs that you might need a root canal include a serious toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, discoloration and inflammation around one of your teeth, and swelling of the face and cheek near the affected area.
At our office, we offer both anterior (front) and posterior (rear) root canals. The process takes only a single 1-2 hour appointment at Rocky Mountain Dental Co. First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Then, Dr. Dave will use a dental drill to remove decayed and damaged enamel from your tooth. Next, he will create a small opening in the tooth, through which he will be able to clean away the infected material.
Using special dental tools, the interior and roots of your tooth will be cleaned. Once this process is complete, Dr. Dave will flush the tooth with disinfectant. Then, he will fill it with a rubberlike material called “gutta percha,” which replaces the missing pulp and supports the structure of your tooth. Finally, your tooth will be restored with a filling. In some cases, a dental crown may be required to protect your tooth. If this is the case, you’ll receive a temporary crown, and you’ll come back in a few weeks to have your permanent crown placed.
A root canal is minimally-invasive, and will not cause any major postoperative side effects. You can return to your normal day-to-day routine immediately after your appointment. Your tooth may remain tender for a few days after your appointment, but you can still maintain your normal diet.
Note that if you are getting a permanent crown, you may have a temporary resin crown protecting your tooth. You will need to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods on this side of your mouth, and take other precautions to avoid dislodging it before you come back for your permanent crown. Dr. Dave will provide you with further instructions after your root canal treatment.