Root Canals in Greeley, CO

Having a toothache can be a harrowing and scary experience! 

Although root canals get a bad reputation, the vast majority of procedures go smoothly and are pain-free. These often-misunderstood procedures save failing teeth from needing extraction and allow patients to keep their natural smiles healthy for many years. 

At Norco Family Dental, our dentists routinely perform root canal procedures. Root canals are nothing to fear—and if you have a compromised tooth, we don’t want you to wait to call us! The sooner you’re able to get treatment, the sooner you will be out of pain. 

A Dental Procedure to Relieve Bad Tooth Pain

To truly understand what a root canal treatment is, it’s helpful to first understand more about your teeth's structure. 

Anatomy of a ToothDiagram of tooth and root structure

While your teeth might look simple from the outside, the inside of each tooth houses a complex system of dental tissues. These tissues play a crucial role in keeping your smile healthy and strong, but they are also vulnerable to decay, inflammation and infection. One such tissue, known as dental “pulp,” contains nerves that are sensitive to pain. 

Beneath the surface and under your gum line, each of your teeth has roots that resemble the roots of a plant or flower. These roots run deep and keep your teeth anchored to your jawbone so they can stay in place. Within your tooth roots are canals and passageways, commonly known as “root canals.” 

Cavities and Tooth Decay 

When bacteria permanently damage a tooth and begin to eat through the surface of that tooth’s enamel, you have what dentists refer to as a cavity. Cavities start by creating small holes in your teeth that eventually spread and become larger without dental care. 

When you don’t treat a cavity for a long time, it grows. As cavities grow, they move beyond the outer layer of tooth enamel and begin to infect the interior tissues of your tooth, causing painful and dangerous conditions. When your tooth’s dental pulp becomes exposed to bacteria, you need a root canal to treat the damage that lives inside your tooth. 

Although untreated extreme tooth decay is the most common reason you would need a root canal, it’s not the only reason. Teeth can become damaged from trauma such as car accidents or sports injuries, and if the damage is serious enough, a root canal might be the only way to save the tooth. Cracked, chipped, and broken teeth also often need root canals to restore the smile to health. 

The Root Canal Procedure at Norco Family Dental

So what exactly happens during a root canal in Greeley, CO?

After completely numbing that portion of your mouth, your dentist will drill a tiny hole into your tooth. This hole shows your tooth’s delicate interior tissues and canals.

Then, they will clean out and remove the infected material. This is the process people typically refer to when they use the term “root canal.”

Once the infection is gone and the inside of your tooth is more hollow than it was before, your dentist will fill the space with special dental rubber to prevent further infection and to make your tooth less susceptible to breaking in the future. 

Patient smiling at dentist near me Greeley COThe final step of root canal therapy is getting a permanent tooth crown to cover the compromised tooth. This provides additional protection and strengthens your tooth so you can keep using it for biting and chewing.

You will often need to wear a temporary tooth crown for several weeks before your dental crown is ready. 

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Deep decay (cavities), dental emergencies, or even cracks can all necessitate a root canal. Often, the need for a root canal is preceded by extreme sensitivity or tooth pain. Signs that you need a root canal include, but are not limited to, throbbing, unrelenting pain, extreme sensitivity to food temperature, a swollen face, "gum bumps," and broken teeth.

Dr. BJ Stewart or Dr. Shawn 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 a dental appointment and rest easy knowing that you are in good hands.

Relieve Your Tooth Pain at Our Dentist Office in Greeley, CO

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 dental 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 near me to choose from, 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 us Norco Family Dental at (970) 356-5277 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you!