If you’re experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, or other signs of a tooth infection, it’s understandable that you would like the situation solved sooner than later. You may need root canal therapy and should schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Tooth pain or sensitivity to hot or cold beverages are only two signs of whether or not you need a root canal. Other common signs that indicate you may need root canal treatment include a cracked or broken tooth, a dark or discolored tooth, a bump on your gumline, and/or a persistent bad taste in your mouth.
The Root Canal Process
Many patients try to avoid undergoing root canal therapy because of its reputation. But root canals need to be performed to remove an infection that could damage the nerves and risk spreading to the surrounding teeth. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in dental technology, root canal therapy is not painful as it used to be in the past.
Before the procedure, our team will make sure you are comfortable by applying anesthesia to the affected area. Some patients may benefit from additional dental sedation. We will then remove all signs of decay and infection, clean out the inside of the compromised tooth, and seal it. We will also place a custom crown on top of the treated tooth. This restoration will reinforce your remaining tooth structure and improve its functionality.
How Many Appointments Does a Root Canal Take?
Your root canal treatment may require several appointments if the infection or damage is severe. Additionally, we may recommend a follow-up visit to check that there are no complications or issues with the affected area and restoration.
Reach Out to Our Endodontic Team in Arvada, CO!
Are you experiencing any abnormal changes with your teeth and gums? Catching a tooth infection before it worsens can help you have a better root canal experience and recovery, and allow us to save more of the natural structure of your tooth.