Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Fixing what’s wrong, of course, involves more than masking the pain; it requires getting to the root of the problem. In the case of tooth pain, getting to the root of the problem may literally necessitate getting to the root with root canal therapy. In Colorado Springs, CO, root canal therapy is expertly and painlessly provided by Richard A. Cea at Springs Dental Care.
Although it may seem unexpected to say that root canal therapy is painless, the truth is that with today’s advanced dental anesthesia and precise technology, you can have a root canal in complete comfort. In fact, root canal treatment is specifically designed to eliminate pain.
One of the chief indicators that a root canal is necessary is a severe toothache. This toothache is the result of a bacterial infection deep inside your tooth. Normally, bacteria are blocked from entering the interior portion of your tooth by the hard outer shell of enamel and the middle layer of dentin. However, when a tooth is compromised either by severe decay or traumatic injury that cracks the tooth, bacteria can migrate to the tooth’s interior—the pulp chamber and its attached root canals—and an infection can develop. As the infection advances, the pain increases and the tooth begins to die.
Other than pain, the signs of an infected tooth are:
The first thing we’ll do when you come to our office for a root canal is make sure you're comfortable and settled. We offer three types of sedation dentistry - nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and we are one of the few dental practices in Colorado Springs that offers IV sedation. If you’re anxious about having a root canal, please speak to one of our staff.
Once the tooth and surrounding tissue are anesthetized, Dr. Webb or Dr. Cea will drill into the pulp chamber and gently remove the pulp tissue, the signs of infection, and any debris. The entire chamber and the canals are then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with an anti-bacterial substance called gutta-percha. The drilled access hole is either temporarily or permanently sealed and a temporary crown is placed. Once we're sure there is no threat of the infection returning, you’ll come back to Springs Dental Care for a permanent crown.
An infected tooth can be a serious health threat. Call Springs Dental Care if you have questions about root canal therapy or if you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cea or Dr. Webb. We’re happy to offer comprehensive dental care to patients from Colorado Springs, Denver, Woodland Park, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Falcon, Fountain, and all surrounding areas.