Root Canal Treatment

Many people cringe at the thought of root canal treatment, but the truth is that the procedure relieves pain and saves an infected or abscessed tooth from extraction. With powerful anesthetics, leading-edge technology, and a compassionate dental team by your side, modern root canal treatment is nothing to fear.

Why Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

The innermost part of a tooth contains dental pulp consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue that keeps it alive. Dental pulp becomes infected or inflamed when bacteria enter the area due to a deep cavity, a crack in the tooth, dental trauma, or repeated dental procedures.

The most common symptom of tooth infection is an excruciating toothache, and the only way to relieve it and preserve the tooth's structure is root canal treatment. Other symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth are:

  • Puffy or inflamed gums
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • A bad taste or odor in the mouth
  • A pimple-like bump on the gum
  • Sharp, lingering pain when touching the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call our Inverness dental office in Englewood, CO, for same-day emergency dentistry. The infection that requires root canal therapy can be life-threatening without prompt attention.

Even if we can't complete the procedure that day, we will get you out of pain, stabilize your situation, and schedule treatment for our next available appointment. 

What Can I Expect during Root Canal Treatment?

Your comfort is our priority, so our caring and supportive team will help you get settled in the chair with a cozy blanket and neck pillow. Next, our dentist uses an instrument called The Wand® to provide a pain-free injection that numbs the tooth.

Once the tooth is numb, root canal treatment shouldn't feel much different from getting a filling. Our dentist isolates the tooth they're treating and sterilizes the area. Next, they use leading-edge technology to gently and efficiently remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth.

The final steps are to fill the inside of the tooth with a special material to help prevent reinfection, seal the tooth, and place a temporary filling to protect it as it heals.

It is common to experience some soreness for a day or two after your procedure. Taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen typically provides all the pain relief needed. 

After Root Canal Treatment

We'll schedule a follow-up visit at Unkel & Shibilski Dental to check the tooth and confirm the infection is gone about two weeks after your procedure. Since a tooth becomes brittle after root canal treatment, we usually recommend a porcelain dental crown to protect and strengthen it. 

Oral Sedation for Dental Anxiety

If you have dental anxiety and would like some help to relax, please let us know. Our dentist can prescribe a calming medication to take the night before, and the morning of your procedure, so you arrive at our office feeling calm and relaxed.

Do You Need Emergency Root Canal Treatment?

If you have a toothache that's worsening or any of the other symptoms listed above, you may have an infected tooth that needs prompt root canal treatment. We offer emergency pain relief at our Inverness dental office in Englewood, CO, and will arrange to see you the same day.