Root Canal Therapy

Why are root canals necessary?


Denver-DentistsSuspect you may need a root canal?  At Sloan’s Lake Dental, we know many in the Denver and Edgewater areas fear having this type of procedure performed.  The truth is, this procedure can save an infected tooth, and even prevent other potentially dangerous complications when gums become infected.  Our family dentists are dedicated to providing a relaxed, comfortable environment while focusing on minimal pain during any procedure.  If you are experiencing a tender tooth or gums, pain, swelling, or notice a bad taste (possible infection drainage) in your mouth, we urge you to contact us today.

When decay reaches the nerve of a tooth, infection is present causing the nerve to be inflamed, irritated, and in need of treatment. Most often, a root canal procedure is performed to remove the infection and decay inside the tooth. Root canal is often performed to save a tooth from extraction.

I don’t want a root canal because I’ve heard they hurt. Do I really need one?

Root canals often have a negative reputation due to the discomfort typically associated with the infection prior to the actual procedure. Additionally, it can take time to perform the procedure resulting in a negative reputation as well. At our office, we pride ourselves on being able to treat most teeth in need of a root canal and get our patients out of pain as quickly as possible and with the least amount of discomfort.

How is root canal completed?

  • A patient who presents with the need for a root canal will be numbed; the dentist will perform the procedure with the greatest skill and technique removing all infected nerves and decay from the affected tooth.
  • Once the decay and infection are removed, we use the best filling material that acts very similar to a patient’s original nerve.
  • We close the root canal with a filling material and then discuss options for final restoration.

What Happens After the Procedure?

After the root canal has been filled, typically the tooth will require a crown since the tooth’s strength and durability has been jeopardized. The tooth will receive a filling to build it back up and then the tooth will be prepared for a crown.