A root canal treatment is needed when the tooth pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay or a chip or crack in the tooth. The infection may cause pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, pus, or tooth discoloration.
Benefits of Root Canals
Treat the infection
When an infection occurs in the tooth, it causes pain and inflammation. Root canal treatment is an efficient way to remove the infection, eliminate pain, and prevent re-infection.
Save the tooth
A root canal treatment will save your tooth and help prevent tooth extraction, which can have other negative consequences such as shifting teeth, bone loss, or facial changes.
Improve oral health
During a root canal, the infected pulp will be removed from the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and disinfected to remove any bacteria. This improves the patient’s overall oral health.
Affordable treatment option
Root canal treatments are also typically much less expensive than other dental treatments, such as dental bridges or dental implants.
Prevent the infection from spreading
Root canal treatment helps prevent infection and bacteria from spreading to other teeth. Without treatment, bacteria from an abscessed tooth can travel to other teeth.
Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the infected pulp and the nerve inside the tooth. The dentist then cleans the tooth and fills it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. After the procedure, the dentist may install a crown on top of the tooth to restore its shape and functionality.
After a root canal, it is important to maintain a high daily standard of oral hygiene, as teeth that have undergone a root canal are more susceptible to infection. Root canal-treated teeth are also more sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks, so it is best to avoid exposing the tooth to them.
iSmile Dental, located in Denver, CO, is equipped with modern technologies that enable the best and most convenient dental care. Call us at (303) 955-6079 to learn more about the dental treatments we offer and schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist.