Rotary Endodontics in Colorado Springs
Most people who have had a root canal say that it wasn’t as painful as they thought it would be. However, if you have to have one, you will be happy to hear that Dr. Gary Moore has technology to make your root canal treatment go even more quickly and smoothly!
Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental use rotary endodontics, the latest in root canal treatment technology.
Why do I need a root canal?
You may need a root canal if you have:
- Severe tooth pain when you chew;
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures even after the hot or cold material has been removed;
- A tooth that has suddenly turned a dark color; or,
- Gums that are unusually tender or swollen.
A root canal is needed when bacteria gets into the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is soft tissue in the center of the tooth, and is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Bacteria can get into the pulp if the tooth has a cavity that isn’t filled, or if it becomes cracked or broken. The bacteria will begin to multiply and start an infection. This is not only painful, but it can lead to an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms on the tooth root around a food particle or other foreign body.
An abscess or infection can be very serious. It can cause swelling in the face, neck, and head, and can even lead to bone loss around the root tip of the tooth.
What is the root canal procedure?
A root canal treatment with Dr. Gary Moore may take one to three appointments.
Before the root canal, Dr. Moore will thoroughly examine the teeth and gums, and will take an X-ray of the tooth to check for infection in the bone around the tooth. Then, he will numb the area with a local anesthetic.
In order to remove the infected pulp in the tooth, he will drill a small hole in the top of the tooth. He will clean out and disinfect the inside of the tooth, and then fill the tooth with an elastic material. He may also inject an antibiotic medicine into the tooth to help fight any infection. Then, Dr. Moore will protect the tooth by placing a filling or a crown.
What is rotary endodontics?
Dental techniques have come a long way in the past decade or so! Older methods could often be nerve wracking and uncomfortable for patients, as well as time consuming.
Rotary endodontics is the use of electric-powered instruments instead of traditional, hand-held files. They have a nickel titanium tip, which is flexible and extremely strong. This makes the procedure go a lot faster. And, this type of tip cleans out the root canal space consistently, quickly, and very smoothly.
Patients who hate that loud, grating noise that people normally associate with a visit to the dentist also appreciate rotary endodontics. These instruments are much quieter than traditional dental tools.
Root canal treatments already have a very high success rate, but the use of rotary endodontics means there is even less chance of complications, while making the procedure more comfortable for patients.
What happens after a root canal?
You may be concerned about pain from a root canal, but most patients say it hurts about as much as having a cavity filled, if at all. After you have recovered from a root canal you may be pleasantly surprised to find out how much better you feel because you no longer have the pain of an infected tooth. The loss of the pulp inside of the tooth won’t affect how your tooth functions. Most people won’t be able to tell you’ve had a root canal treatment, because Dr. Moore will cover the tooth with a crown or fill it with composite resin.
Your gums may be a bit sore for a few days after a root canal treatment, but you should try to get back to your regular brushing and flossing as soon as you can. If you experience any discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Dr. Moore may give you an antibiotic. Make sure you follow the instructions for taking this medication.
You should be able to get back to your regular activities within a day. In the days after your root canal, stick to soft foods and chew on the side of the mouth opposite to where the root canal was done.
Call Stetson Hills Dental right away if you have a bad reaction to the antibiotic, if you lose your filling or crown, or if you have pain or tenderness that doesn’t go away and starts to increase.
If you are currently experiencing tooth pain and are wondering if root canal treatment is needed, Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental can help! Call (719) 694-0400 to make an appointment!