Gentle Root Canals in Fort Collins, CO
If you need a root canal, you likely have questions about the procedure. Root canals, also known as endodontic treatments, are very common procedures, but if you've never had one, you might know what to expect. You may also feel nervous or anxious about the treatment.
Let our dental team at Centre Family Dentistry in Fort Collins, CO, put you at ease with answers to some commonly asked questions.
What is a Root Canal?
The purpose of a root canal is to save an infected tooth. If your tooth is decayed too badly for a filling to resolve, then we'll recommend endodontic treatment. During this procedure, our dentist will remove the infected pulp from your tooth and fill the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterward, we'll place a crown over your tooth to further protect it from damage.
Why Do I Need One?
Root canals aren't most people's favorite dental procedure, but they save you from greater pain and dental problems in the future. If you let a badly infected tooth go untreated, your pain will only get worse. The toothache could even make eating difficult or keep you up at night.
As the decay spreads, you may develop a dental abscess, or pocket of pus, in your tooth or gums. If you continue to put off treatment, your tooth will eventually decay to the point that it requires extraction or falls out on its own.
Fortunately, you can avoid this pain and suffering by scheduling an appointment for endodontic therapy.
Will It Hurt?
One of our patients' main concern when it comes to any dental procedure is how much it will hurt. If you are concerned about the pain of a root canal, we have some good news for you. Here at Centre Family Dentistry in Fort Collins, Co, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make the procedure a positive experience, including:
- Oral Sedation
- Laughing Gas
- IV Conscious Sedation
So if you've been putting off a root canal out of fear, you don't have to anymore. Call (970) 407-1001 to make an appointment.