When the interior of a tooth is damaged, decayed or infected, it can be painful. To save the tooth, root canal therapy is often the only available option. At Columbine Creek Dentistry, we offer root canal therapy as a general dentistry treatment that can relieve the pain and save a severely diseased tooth. Using the latest technology and techniques, we can restore your tooth quickly and virtually painlessly at our office in Littleton.
Root canal therapy is used when the interior, or pulp, of the tooth is compromised. This can be due to decay that has reached the inner canal of the tooth or when trauma or other problems have damaged the core. The pulp and nerve roots of the tooth are cleared from the inner canal and the interior is disinfected to stop any infection. Once cleaned, the canal is packed with a sterile material, resealed and capped to protect it from further damage.
Since the nerves of a tooth reside in the interior pulp, if this area is infected or damaged, it can cause pain. It can be a dull ache or throbbing pain that can be almost unbearable. Root canal therapy removes the source of this pain, while protecting the tooth from possible extraction or loss. Once the procedure is completed, the pain from the infection is gone.
Many people associate root canals with pain, but they are the treatment to stop severe toothaches from infection. New technology that we use at Columbine Creek Dentistry makes root canal therapy quicker and less painful than when they were done in the past. In most cases, the removal of the infected material can be completed in one visit with no more discomfort than getting a cavity removed or a filling. A second visit may be needed to add a permanent crown to protect the structure of the tooth and ensure it has healed properly.