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Root Canal Treatment

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Fort Collins Dental Center provides root canal services in Fort Collins, CO. To make an appointment today, call our office at 970-482-1477.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a routine dental procedure that treats infection or inflammation inside a tooth. The infection progresses from the pulp inside the tooth's crown into the root canals. The procedure treats the infection and reseals the tooth, preventing future problems.

The Root Canal Procedure

Today, a root canal is a simple procedure that results in quick relief. The dentist drills into the tooth to remove the infected pulp. They also use specialized files to remove the pulp inside the canals, reshaping and cleaning the files to make a repeat infection less likely.

They may need to place an antibiotic in the tooth to help treat the infection. In this case, the dentist would wait a few days for the antibiotic to take effect before completing the procedure.

The dentist fills the tooth with a sealing material called gutta-percha. This material keeps out contaminants like saliva and food. When the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and refilled, the dentist creates a crown and completes the restoration.

Benefits of A Root Canal

Relieves Discomfort. A tooth that needs a root canal causes discomfort. The procedure quickly relieves this sensation.

Saves a Natural Tooth. A root canal on a broken, diseased, or decayed tooth may save it from extraction. After a root canal, the dentist can place a crown to protect the remainder of the tooth and provide a replacement that allows you to chew normally.

Prevents Jawbone Breakdown. When your dentist extracts a tooth, your jawbone will not receive the stimulation it needs to keep from deteriorating. A root canal and crown are less expensive alternatives to an implant.

Prevents Infection from Spreading. When you need a root canal, the infection inside your tooth could spread to its neighbors. This problem could lead to further tooth loss.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Root Canal?

You may be an excellent candidate for a root canal if:

  • You have an infection inside the root of your tooth
  • You have a broken or damaged tooth
  • You have experienced dental trauma
  • Your tooth has enough structure remaining to support a crown or post

Why Choose Fort Collins Dental Center?

Our friendly, comfortable office welcomes all patients. We use high-tech equipment and methods to solve your dental problems, combined with a personal touch. We offer many dental treatments in one convenient location. We operate a responsible and trustworthy practice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

What are the signs I might need a root canal?
  • Extreme discomfort when biting down on the tooth
  • Broken or damaged tooth due to facial trauma
  • Strong sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Pimple-like swellings on the gums
  • Visible pus on the gums
  • Your dentist determines you need a root canal by looking at your X-rays
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal typically takes about an hour, depending on the complexity of your tooth's interior anatomy. The dentist typically finishes a root canal in one visit. If the dentist needs to place an antibiotic, they may need to wait a few days to finish.
Are root canals uncomfortable?
Today's root canals are no worse than a standard filling. Advances in local anesthesia and updated procedures make this possible. Some patients may feel jaw stiffness afterward due to the length of the procedure.
Can a root canal save my broken tooth?
In many cases, yes. A root canal can help when a tooth's structure is damaged in an accident or breaks due to normal wear and tear. If enough tooth structure remains to support a crown or post, the dentist can perform a root canal instead of extracting the tooth.
What would happen if I put off a root canal?
Putting off a root canal could harm your oral and overall health. If you let the infection inside your tooth spread, you could be facing the prospect of root canals on other teeth or losing those teeth. The infection could spread to other bodily systems, causing illness.
Call Fort Collins Dental Center
If you have any signs of needing a root canal, call Fort Collins Dental Center as soon as possible at 970-482-1477. We can treat your tooth, return it to full functionality, and cap it with a new crown.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

2000 Vermont Drive #200 Fort Collins, CO 80525
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