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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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At Norco Family Dental, we understand how important your questions are. Not only do we want to hear them, we encourage them! When you as a patient feel comfortable asking what's on your mind, everyone benefits. You feel better when you understand the treatment we are completing, and we are able to provide you the best care.

While each patient has individual questions and concerns, there are many common ones that can be pertinent to most. If you can’t find answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us at (970) 356-5277 so that we can help!

Root Canals

Root canals are perhaps the most misunderstood of dental treatments. For decades, people of all ages have shuddered at the thought of a root canal, but modern dentistry makes it just as easy as a dental filling. Often, people conflate the pain from an infected tooth with the root canal treatment itself. But really, root canal treatment relieves pain

Gentle, Pain-Free Root Canal Treatment 

At Norco Family Dental in Greeley, CO, we provide gentle, pain-free root canals. Before starting the procedure, we ensure the patient is entirely comfortable and at ease. We can administer nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") to create a more tranquil and relaxing experience if needed. 

Our modern, adjustable dental chairs allow patients to recline and rest during their treatment. Your dentist then administers a local anesthetic to numb the area we'll be working in the patient's mouth. The numbing agent dulls any sensations in and around the tooth. 

Your dentist then carefully creates an access point to remove the infected tooth material. Once cleared, he cleans the tooth and applies a healing agent and temporary filling to protect it from further infection. Later, he seals the tooth with a custom-made restoration––either a tooth-colored filling or dental crown

Schedule an Appointment at Our Greeley Dentist Office

Please contact Norco Family Dental today to schedule your root canal appointment in Greeley and learn more about your treatment options. 

Diagram of tooth with root infectionIt’s unfortunate that root canal therapy has such poor associations. The reality is that root canals save your teeth and remove the pain associated with deep decay and infection. Our patients have been very pleased with their root canals in Greeley, CO.

If you have a root infection, you may notice tooth pain, swelling, and a blister on your gum. Other times, root infection is asymptomatic, and your dentist finds the infection during a routine examination. When the latter happens, it usually means the root or nerve is not viable and able to conduct pain.

If you experience tooth pain, swelling, and a blister on your gum, it’s important to contact our 80634 dental office as soon as possible. Mild pain can become excruciating in a matter of hours, and we do not want you to go through that!

Root Canals in West Greeley, CO

The root canal procedure is simple. Your dentist numbs the area and gently removes the infected root and pulp. While you may feel pressure, you typically do not feel pain. Your dentist then closes the tooth with a temporary filling. At a future appointment, we provide a permanent filling or a dental crown—the latter if the tooth is vulnerable to fracture.

If you have a toothache or other oral health changes, contact your Greeley, CO dentist today.

Your teeth are most durable because they are protected by a layer of tooth enamel, the hardest substance in your body. Under normal conditions, your teeth can last a lifetime. But problems arise when your tooth enamel is compromised for one reason or another. This damage may lead to an infection which makes a root canal necessary.

In contrast to your tooth's outside, your inner tooth is filled with soft and vulnerable tissue. This part nourishes your tooth, so it remains alive, transporting blood and nerve signals via narrow passages in your tooth roots. These passages are known as root canals, which is the term's origin.

The procedure which treats an inner tooth infection works when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your tooth. Then, with special tools, we remove infected tooth pulp and scour the remaining spaces until they are immaculate. We then seal your inner tooth against future infection and protect your remaining tooth with a dental crown.

What Happens If You Don't Get a Needed Root Canal

If you elect to avoid root canal treatment, your inner tooth infection will continue to advance. In the short term, it will be quite painful. But since pain thresholds are subjective, you may continue to ignore the problem.

The main threat is that your tooth infection will get beyond your tooth and into your jawbone. In this case, you may need us to extract your tooth and fight the infection before it threatens your overall health. But, again, root canal therapy solves this issue before it becomes much more severe.

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