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Root Canal Specialist

Broadmoor Dental

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

Did you know that a root canal could alleviate the pain from an infected tooth and save its natural structure? At Broadmoor Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the expert dentists have extensive experience successfully providing root canals to protect and improve your dental health. Call Broadmoor Dental schedule an appointment with John Goodman, DDS, or Nicolas Pruett, DDS, or book online to determine if a root canal is right for you.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a highly effective and safe procedure to remove the infected pulp of your tooth and replace it with a biocompatible material. A root canal is a way to save the structure of your tooth.

The pulp is needed for your tooth’s growth and development, and it does contain blood vessels and nerves. However, once your tooth has fully matured, the pulp isn’t necessary for its integrity, and it’s safe to remove it if it’s infected.

What are the symptoms that I might need a root canal?

You might not have any symptoms. During your regular professional dental cleaning and check-up at Broadmoor Dental, the infection can be visible on an X-ray. Some of the symptoms or signs that you might need a root canal include:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Abscess or pus drainage
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Soreness when you’re chewing or pressing on the tooth

If you notice any of these symptoms, you must contact your Broadmoor Dental provider to determine if a root canal is the right choice to relieve your pain.

Is a root canal painful?

Your Broadmoor Dental provider performs a root canal under local anesthesia, so you don’t feel much during your procedure. You might feel a little sore and sensitive in the area for a few days following your procedure, and you can use over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any immediate discomfort.

If your pain persists for more than a few days, you should contact your Broadmoor Dental provider. A root canal should alleviate any pain you felt from your infected tooth after the healing process is complete.

What happens during a root canal?

With a root canal, your Broadmoor Dental provider numbs the area around the affected tooth and makes a small hole in your tooth. Your dentist scrapes out any signs of infection and places a special dental solution inside to kill bacteria.

Your dentist adds a rubbery material called gutta-percha to carefully fill in the area where the infected pulp was. Your dentist seals the site to complete your root canal procedure.

After a root canal treatment, your tooth is usually fitted with a crown to protect the vulnerable site. A crown is usually derived from sturdy porcelain and matches the rest of your teeth.

Don’t wait any longer if you have questions or concerns about a root canal. Call Broadmoor Dental or schedule through the online system today.