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Save an Infected Tooth through Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy can preserve your tooth if the underlying pulp is infected. This can eliminate pain and discomfort while simultaneously saving you from a tooth extraction. Dr. Stephen Brown in Greeley, CO, understands the apprehension patients may have about receiving root canal treatment. He likes to emphasize that the root canal therapy procedure will alleviate your pain and discomfort, and help pave the way for improved overall oral health.

Illustration of an infected tooth in need of root canal therapy.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy will eliminate infected pulp and abscesses

Symptoms of an Infected or Decayed Root Canal

The root canal is a pulp-filled cavity within the root of the tooth. The pulp consists of nerve tissues and blood vessels that connect the tooth to the rest of the mouth. Untreated cavities and gum disease can lead to the decay and infection of the pulp.

An infection can develop without any obvious symptoms. This makes regular dental exams critical to maintaining optimal oral health. When we detect problems early, we can treat the tooth with less invasive procedures. However, once symptoms develop, often the only option is root canal therapy. Symptoms of an infection may include:

  • Pain in the tooth or jaw
  • Discoloration of surrounding gums
  • Inflammation of surrounding gums
  • Sensitivity to pressure (such as biting down)
  • Sensitivity to temperature (such as hot beverages or cold air)

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

While the root canal treatment itself is not painful, the decayed or infected root canal can be uncomfortable. However, with topical anesthetic and sedation, we can minimize your discomfort during the procedure. We offer oral sedation options to ensure your full comfort during treatment.

While the root canal treatment itself is not painful, the decayed or infected root canal can be uncomfortable.

Before performing root canal therapy, we will examine the structure of your tooth using digital dental x-rays. If we find that your tooth is infected by oral bacteria, we will explain our diagnosis and what you can expect during the procedure to ensure you are completely comfortable with the procedure.

After we have administered anesthesia and numbed the tooth and gums, we can begin the procedure. First, we will create a hole in the tooth so we can access the inner pulp. Then, we will remove the infected pulp and disinfect the tooth. The now-empty root canal is filled with a rubber material called gutta percha. Once this material is in place, we can then place a dental filling or take impressions for a dental crown

Why Is Root Canal Therapy Important?

Root canal treatment preserves the infected or decayed tooth, saving it from extraction. It also saves patients from paying for costly restorations to replace an extracted tooth. This prevents future decay and damage, as well as jawbone recession, which typically occurs after tooth loss. Root canal therapy also prevents widespread infection, since untreated decay in the tooth can enter the bloodstream and threaten your overall health.

Call Today for an Appointment

Dr. Stephen Brown has had extensive training in root canal therapy and will make every effort to keep your teeth and gums in optimal health. If you are experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection, call Affordable Dental Clinics at (970) 353-6249 or contact our office online to schedule an appointment. Prompt treatment of an infected tooth root can save you from needing an extraction. 

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO