Root Canal Therapy | Colorado Springs
Out of all the dental procedures performed, root canal therapy has always been one of the most feared. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. For years root canal therapy has solved the problem of sensitive and internally infected teeth.
Stetson Hills Dental can save a damaged tooth with Root Canal Therapy.
It may interest you that root canals can save teeth. In fact, the only alternative to root canal is often tooth removal.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy involves the actual removal of the infected tooth nerve, located in the center of the tooth. Once Dr. Moore removes the tooth nerve and decay, he can restore the look and function of your tooth.
Why is root canal therapy needed?
Root canal therapy is usually needed because of tooth decay infecting your tooth nerve. An infected tooth nerve means sensitivity and, in more serious cases, pain. If the tooth nerve becomes infected, hot coffee or ice cold tea is sure to send a jolt of pain through your tooth. An infected nerve needs treatment right away, and that’s where root canal treatment comes in.
What causes a tooth nerve to become infected?
The bacteria in our mouths feed and thrive off of the foods we eat daily. This is why we need to brush and floss our teeth daily.
The problem comes in when we are too rushed to complete a proper oral hygiene session. Proper daily oral care should include brushing our teeth for two minutes, twice daily to prevent decay, and flossing at least once a day. Yet, life bombards us with all its demands and responsibilities and sometimes things have to give. Unfortunately, neglecting our oral health gives ample opportunity for cavity-causing bacteria to thrive and multiply. If left unchecked for too long, bacteria will eat away at our tooth enamel and create a cavity. If the cavity is not tended too right away, the bacteria continue their journey to the center. This is where the dental pulp and your tooth nerve rests. From there, it is only a matter of time before the bacteria infect the nerve.
What does root canal therapy involve?
Prior to the root canal procedure, your dentist may take an X-ray of your tooth. This is to check the shape of your tooth’s root and to see whether the infection has spread to the surrounding bone. Dr. Moore will then anesthetize your tooth and the surrounding area for your added comfort. He will then isolate the tooth with a rubber dam to keep the area clean and dry during treatment.
With the tooth prepared, Dr. Moore will drill a hole into the tooth. This will give him access to the nerve and surrounding tissue and begin removing the infected dental pulp, tooth nerve and other decayed tooth structure.
The dentist will clean the tooth and then fill it with a temporary filling. During your next visit, Dr. Moore will replace a temporary filling with a permanent one. If your cavity is large, your tooth will receive a dental crown.
Does insurance cover the cost of root canal therapy?
Sometimes dental insurance will cover root canal treatment. Yet, it is best to confirm this with your insurance provider before treatment. We can provide you with the information your insurance company needs.
Where can I get root canal therapy in Colorado Springs, Colorado?
Since root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment, not every dentist can perform one. Stetson Hills Dental is not your typical dental office. Dr. Moore has the training in the art of root canal therapy and endodontics.
If you are wondering if root canal treatment is an option for you, give us a call at (719) 694-0400 to schedule an exam. Don’t delay, call Stetson Hills Dental today.