Root Canal Dentist in Englewood Colorado

Root Canals & Endodontics

Endodontics

Endodontics is the area of dentistry dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp, or root of the tooth.  The dental pulp is the soft tissue in the middle of a tooth and down the roots.  It contains nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels.

Endodontic therapy, commonly known as root canal treatment, is a procedure that will save diseased or injured teeth. At Meridian Dental Care, we also focus on preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. The alternative to a root canal is extraction.

Common Signs You Need A Root Canal

Pain is the typical sign that you need a root canal treatment.  Pain is a sign that the nerve within the tooth is inflamed, dead or dying.  The pain might be intermittent at first and over time progress to a constant dull throbbing pain or a severe ache that might be felt on all the teeth on the affected side.  Sometimes there is no pain and an abscess might be discovered on a routine x-ray.

A typical sign that you need to see us sooner rather than later is if your tooth has prolonged sensitivity to hot of cold that lasts well after your tooth returns to its normal temperature.

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The Root Canal Process

The pulp is the soft tissue that is located inside the tooth structure.  It contains nerves, arteries, veins, and connective tissue.  Tooth pulp is contained in the canals located in thin tube-like spaces in the roots and in the pulp chamber located within the crown of the tooth.

When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it becomes infected. Left untreated, the pulp will die and become necrotic.  Pus can build up at the root tip, forming an abscess that can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.  Endodontic treatment (root canals) is the removal of the diseased pulp tissue, which will enable the body’s defense system to repair the damage caused by the infection.

Following completion, the tooth will need to be restored.  Due to the large amount of tooth structure usually lost from decay and old fillings the preferred restoration is a crown.  Most back teeth that have had root canal treatment should be restored with a crown, which we offer with our single visit tooth colored crowns service.  A post may be placed into the root to give additional structural support.

At Meridian Dental Care, we focus our treatment on providing you the smoothest process by ensuring you understand the treatment, know what to expect, and make it as painless as possible. Let us help determine what is causing you discomfort and find the best treatment options for you.

Root Canal Treatment Process