Having a toothache can be a very painful and scary experience! In olden times, the only treatment option was to pull a tooth. Luckily, we live in a time where there are treatments that allow us to save our teeth!
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
The outer enamel layer of your tooth normally protects the nerve of your tooth from any outside insult or injury. However, there are circumstances when the nerve gets exposed to bacteria, will become inflamed, and the nerve will actually die.
Deep decay (cavities), traumatic injuries, or even cracks can all necessitate a root canal. Often, the need for a root canal is preceded by extreme sensitivity or even pain. Signs that you need a root canal include but are not limited to throbbing, unrelenting pain, a swollen face, "gum bumps," and broken teeth.
Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington will know if you need a root canal based on your symptoms, radiographs, and by clinically looking at your tooth. If they determine that a root canal is necessary, you can schedule an appointment and rest easy knowing that you are in good hands. The staff at Norco Family Dental is committed to helping you be at ease from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave with a big smile.
What Should I Expect during a Root Canal?
A root canal is performed by first anesthetizing the tooth. Once numb, the doctors will access the nerve through the top of the tooth and remove it using state-of-the-art dental instruments.
We place a small filling to close the hole, and a crown is often recommended to ensure the tooth does not later break. While the term "root canal" can be scary, the procedure is most often relatively painless and almost immediately relieves the symptoms of pain that preceded the treatment.
If you have any questions about root canals and if you might need one don't hesitate to call us! We love answering questions!
Discover the Difference Our Quality Care Makes
You will find Norco Family Dental conveniently located right across the street from King Soopers on 10th and 71st in Greeley, Colorado. We promise to make each visit as comfortable and accommodating as possible. At our office we:
- Accept most insurances.
- Have extended hours.
- Have a state-of-the-art facility with state of the art equipment.
- Can turn on a movie, hand you a pillow, and give you some headphones and hot cocoa so you feel right at home!
We know there are many dentists to choose from in Greeley, but we also know that all of us like to feel like we matter. And that's what makes us different; we will welcome you when you arrive, take care of you while you're here, and we like to think we're funny and will try and make you laugh! Most importantly we treat each patient as if they were our own family.
Please call Norco Family Dental to make your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you!