Have you ever met anyone who likes the idea of getting a root canal? The problem with this way of thinking is that the reasons for dreading a root canal don't even exist anymore. With improved techniques and technology and the support of a caring dental team, patients at our Fort Collins, CO dental office often tell us that their root canal procedure was the most comfortable they've ever had.
Why You Need a Root Canal
The outermost layer of a tooth is dental enamel, and beneath the enamel is a softer layer called dentin. The innermost layer of your tooth contains dental pulp that carries the nerves, tissue, and blood supply that keep your tooth healthy and alive.
Dental enamel is hard, but the pulp can become infected because of a crack in the tooth, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or advanced decay or gum disease. When the infection reaches the nerve, it causes excruciating pain.
Signs of an infected tooth include:
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Pain ranging from mild to excruciating
- A white raised spot or “pimple” on the gums
- Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature
- A foul odor or taste in your mouth
Dr. Humbert recommends a root canal to relieve your pain by removing the infection that’s causing it. If we don’t perform the procedure promptly, the pain will worsen, and we will probably recommend extracting the tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Everyone on our dental team understands how stressful the procedure can seem to many of our patients. We want you to know that we make your comfort a priority so you can relax and let us expertly care for your tooth.
Dr. Humbert starts by opening a small hole in your tooth so he can access the infected pulp. Using specialized instruments, he clears away the infected material, disinfects the tooth, and fills the hollowed out part of the tooth with a rubber-like material. The final step is to seals the tooth with a temporary filling to protect as it heals.
We allow the tooth to heal for about two weeks and may prescribe antibiotics to be sure the infection is gone. While we have saved the tooth, it may become brittle. It is for this reason that we often place a dental crown on top of a root canal-treated tooth.
Sedation Dentistry for Your Complete Comfort
Most of our patients tell us that a root canal with Dr. Humbert is the most comfortable and stress-free they’ve ever had. But you may be one of the many people who can benefit from sedation dentistry for their root canal in Fort Collins.
We offer nitrous oxide sedation to take the edge off your anxiety and give you a sense of comfort and well-being during your procedure. Is your anxiety a little more profound? We also offer IV sedation administered by a dental anesthesia team right here in our comfortable and familiar dental office.
Don’t Put off a Root Canal—Call Us Now to Schedule
The team at Centre Family Dentistry makes your comfort our priority. If you have a toothache and think you need an emergency root canal, please call our Fort Collins dental office at (970) 407-1001, so we can provide the relief you need.