Get Relief From Pain With a Root Canal Treatment
If you are in extreme tooth pain, it may be a result of inflamed or infected soft tissue. This type of issue is commonly treated by a dentist or endodontist with a root canal. An endodontist is a dental specialist who is an expert in dealing with the pulp (nerve) and the root of teeth.
While many people don’t like to hear the words “root canal,” it’s actually a fairly straightforward procedure that will help relieve pain, not cause it. Most patients will feel only minor discomfort during the procedure.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Your dentist or an endodontist can help decide whether you need a root canal. Some common indicators that you may need one include:
- Lingering pain and sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Pain while eating or when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- In some cases, a small, pimple-like bump will appear on the gums near the area of affected tooth
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a common procedure that is most often performed by an endodontist or a dentist who specializes in the procedure.
The process of root canal treatment frequently follows these steps:
- X-rays are taken so the dentist can assess the damage to the tooth and to see if there is any sign of infection in the surrounding bone.
- The dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
- The dentist makes an access hole in the top of the tooth.
- The pulp is cleaned out of the tooth through the access hole.
- The tooth is sealed. Sometimes this can be done the same day, but often the dentist may wait and medicate the tooth for some time before sealing.
Schedule an Appointment with an Endodontist
Colorado Dental Group has a certified endodontist on staff who can ensure you get personalized treatment if you need to have a root canal. Call our office at 719-355-2700, stop by our Colorado Springs office, or fill out an appointment request form to schedule an appointment today!