Root Canals

Root Canals

Perhaps the most infamous procedure in dentistry, we think root canals don't deserve their bad reputation. Yes, there is the well-known comparison that people state, “like getting a root canal” in order to describe an extremely painful situation. But we don’t agree! In the end, root canals actually prevent discomfort because without them, decay to the nerve cells in the root can cause severe pain and extensive damage. In summation, at Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we make sure to make you feel at ease from beginning to end.

Why Is A Root Canal Necessary?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to both ease the pain that is caused by a bacterial infection deep within the pulp of the tooth and fix the underlying issue. The infection can be caused by trauma to your teeth, dental decay, or cracked or chipped tooth. The entire procedure actually consists of extracting decayed tissue from inside a tooth, reshaping the root canal, and replacing it with a strong, biocompatible filler.

If you were to look at the composition of a tooth, you’d notice that at the center of each tooth, you would find soft pulp tissue inside the root canals. The pulp tissue is made up of nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. This is why if someone contracts an infection in their tooth, they feel so much pain—all the nerve endings are firing away at the brain telling it that there’s something wrong. The infection can worsen so much, that it will actually kill the sensation in your nerve endings. This may help with how much pain one is sensing, but this does not mean that the infection has gone away. Immediate assistance is needed before the problem worsens. Usually, we can complete root canals in just a single visit, although for some cases we'll need to bring you in for another appointment. Once finished, you can easily drive yourself home.

Schedule Your Root Canal At Gentle Smiles Of Colorado!

If you’re feeling pain in your tooth or teeth, but are unsure what is causing it don’t worry! Schedule an appointment by contacting our knowledgeable staff and let them know what sort of pain you're experiencing and that you may need a root canal. They’ll be able to advise you on your next steps with our doctors so that you can reach the bottom of your dental problems and get a solution to relieve your pain as soon as possible!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

  • Denver Office - 2709 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (303) 756-2770 Fax: (303) 758-5705
  • Golden Office - 2305 Jackson St., Golden, CO 80401 Phone: (303) 278-2800 Fax: (303) 278-8448
  • Wheat Ridge Office - 8850 W. 38th Ave., Suite D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 425-5100

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