Root Canal (Endodontics)
Root Canal Work in Longmont, CO
Root canal is usually a phrase people wince at. Because endodontics deals with the nerves of your teeth, it’s as sensitive of a subject as the nerves it deals with. Don’t worry. People may not know the root canal is an incredibly common procedure that has come a long way in terms of comfort and technology. The benefits of the procedure and advances in resources far outweigh the investment. Local anesthetics and newly-developed pain medications help patients deal with the procedure with minimal discomfort. After the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers can help alleviate any soreness patients may experience as well. While you won’t know you need a root canal procedure until you visit your dentist, certain symptoms include pain from eating, heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you experience any of these, call our Longmont, CO office today to schedule an appointment.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
When a tooth gets infected, usually in relation to its nerves in the root, the infected tissue needs to be removed. This is where the name root canal comes from. Dentists perform root canals to remove the infected nerves before they worsen and become abscesses. Abscesses require a significantly more in-depth procedure that involves bone loss and repair in the jaw. During a root canal, dentists numb the area and nerves with a local anesthetic. They then drill down into the tooth to create a canal, hence the name. After that, they remove the infected nerve tissue and clean out the area. Upon removing the infection, they then fill in the empty space with a sealant. To finalize the procedure, most teeth receive a crown to improve the appearance and secure the injured tooth and nerve tissue.
Taking the Fear Out of Root Canals
It’s crucial to take care of your teeth and schedule routine cleanings to avoid root canals. But if your dentist recommends the procedure, we want you to know it’s not the end of the world. With years of experience in endodontics, the experts at Longmont Peak Dentistry will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. We strive to remove the scary taboo surrounding going to the dentist. If you’ve been feeling pain or discomfort while eating and talking or sensitivity to hot or cold foods, contact our office. We’ll book you an appointment to inspect your teeth and get to the root of the issue.