Endodontics Specialist

Broadmoor Dental

General, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry located in Colorado Springs, CO

Do you suspect you need a root canal, but you’re afraid to get one? If so, reach out to Broadmoor Dental, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to discuss endodontics today. The practice, led by John Goodman, DDS, and Nicolas Pruett, DDS, offers modern, minimal pain root canals that can save your teeth. Don’t get your tooth pulled when you could save it. Schedule your appointment with Broadmoor Dental over the phone or via the online booking tool today.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry dedicated to diagnosing and solving problems inside your teeth. Endodontists perform root canal therapy and other procedures that address tooth pain. They pride themselves in saving natural teeth.

Do I need a root canal?

If a nerve in your tooth is suffering from the adverse effects of inflammation or infection, and you want to save your tooth, you need root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy can remove decay that has reached the living tissue deep in your tooth called pulp. It can also clear out bacteria and damaged tissue from an abscess or infection inside the tooth or at the root.

Symptoms of conditions that may require root canal therapy include:

  • Pimple on the gums
  • Extreme pain while biting or chewing
  • A cracked or chipped or tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the trigger is gone
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Deep decay
  • Darkening of the gums

If you think you may need a root canal, but you’re nervous, know that modern root canals are nothing like traditional root canals of the past. The practice offers anesthesia, and most patients report that they’re comfortable during treatment.

What does root canal therapy entail?

Your Broadmoor Dental team usually completes your root canal therapy within one to two visits. The procedure involves the following steps:

Preparation

To begin, your dentist takes X-rays of the affected tooth. Then, they inject you with a local anesthetic to numb the area.

Next, they place a protective, sterile sheet called a rubber dam over the area. This isolates the tooth and keeps the area clean and saliva-free for the duration of the root canal.

Opening and cleaning the tooth

During this step, the team opens the crown of the tooth and reaches in with tiny files. They use these files to remove nerve tissue, pulp, and bacteria, along with any decay. Next, the team uses the files to shape the opening in the tooth, so that they can place a filling.

Filling the tooth

After the tooth is clean and prepped, the team fills the canal with a rubber-like, biocompatible material, such as gutta-percha. In combination with adhesive cement, they temporarily seal the tooth from further damage.

Finishing the tooth

When you come back in about a week later, your team removes the temporary filling and replaces it with permanent materials. At this time, they usually also place a dental crown on top, to beautify your smile and protect your tooth.

After treatment, your tooth may be sensitive until the inflammation goes down and your tooth fully heals.

If you’re in severe tooth pain, or you think your tooth is infected, don’t delay. Save it with endodontics at Broadmoor Dental. To schedule your appointment, reach out to the practice online or over the phone today.