Endodontics (Root Canals)
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to this pulp. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
At Pioneer Hills Dental, our experienced Aurora staff are dedicated to providing you the endodontic care you deserve. Our team will walk you through every step of the process, and ensure you are comfortable and calm during your procedure. Our treatment is easier to endure than ever before.
What Problems Require A Root Canal?
Various things can trigger the need for a root canal, but most commonly root canals are needed when:
- a single tooth has undergone multiple procedures–such as cavity filling or crown replacement
- deep cavities break into the pulp and cause bacterial infections of exposed pulp
- cracks, major chips and other breaks occur in the structure of the tooth
- internal tooth injuries are present that are not apparent on the surface
What Are The Symptoms Of These Problems?
When a tooth is in need of a root canal there are some signs or symptoms that you can be on the lookout for, but keep in mind, that sometimes no symptoms are present. Schedule an evaluation with our Aurora dentistry team to ensure that you are not overlooking something that needs attention in your mouth if you have any concerns. Here are some common symptoms of when your tooth may need a root canal:
- Sharp pains or tooth sensitivities when you are chewing or firmly closing your teeth
- Steady throbbing or burning pain in the tooth
- Sensitivities to temperature, especially cold or hot drinks
- Discoloration of the tooth (a darkening)
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
How Does A Root Canal Work?
Pioneer Hills Dental offers state-of-the-art endodontic treatment to Colorado patients who need a solution to severe tooth damage right away. Root canals are necessary when the pulp inside the tooth is infected with a disease or exposed by an accident. The root canals of each tooth house nerve tissue and dental pulp, which contain blood vessels that provide nourishment. When this tissue becomes infected, a tooth may be in danger of dying. Without a root canal, patients may experience severe swelling, bone loss, inflammation, toothache, darkening of the tooth, gum soreness, and drainage problems.
A root canal procedure is usually recommended after other dental treatment options have been considered. It is a treatment that is used to save a tooth from extraction, an absolute last-resort option at our practice. During your procedure, Dr. Wolbaum will carefully remove any damaged or infected pulp, clean out the interior of the tooth, then seal it so the rest of the pulp stays healthy. Waiting too long for a root canal could cause the tooth to be lost permanently. Numbing agents and anesthesia are used throughout the procedure to ensure it is painless. If you are already in pain, completing the root canal will only help you feel better faster.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
Pioneer Hills Dental offers state-of-the-art endodontic treatment to Colorado patients who need a solution to severe tooth damage right away. Your root canal procedure will begin with a through evaluation and x-ray session. Following this, your mouth will be treated with local anesthesia to numb the area we will be working on and to ensure you optimum comfort. A rubber dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it during treatment. Dr. Wolbaum will then proceed to drill a small hole in the wall of your tooth. After he has done this he is able to extract the infected tissue, nerves and pulp. After the problem materials are extracted from your tooth, the canals of the tooth are cleaned and flushed with a sterilizing solution prior to being sealed off. On a later visit, Dr. Wolbaum will then fill the empty root canal with a rubber compound called gutta percha and will add an onlay or inlay to the tooth followed by a dental crown to protect the enamel.
How Do I Care For My Teeth After A Root Canal?
Since most or all of the pulp is removed in a root canal, the tooth becomes relatively fragile after being sealed. Dr. Wolbaum and his team will finish the procedure by installing a crown to protect it. The crown will need occasional replacement every 15 years or so, but it is the best way to prevent the repaired tooth from cracking. Taking good care of your entire mouth with regular flossing and brushing is the key to a long lasting crown. It will also prevent you from needing a recurrent root canal or a similar procedure on a different tooth.
Call for an Endodontic Consultation
The dental team at Pioneer Hills Dental has many years of training and real-world experience with endodontic procedures and root canals. When you meet with Dr. Wolbaum, he will take the time to explain the root canal process and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
Dr. Wolbaum is highly skilled and trained to provide a variety of dental services. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure you receive the best possible care. We believe nothing exudes beauty and confidence like a bright, vibrant smile, and that everyone deserves to experience the life-altering benefits of a radiant, healthy smile. Dr. Wolbaum is a family dentist in Aurora, Colorado, with convenient access to the communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Pioneer Hills Dental offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call (303) 766-8811 to schedule your appointment today!