What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or diseased. Dental pulp is the soft tissue at the center of a tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue are located. If not treated, infected pulp can result in pain and swelling, and tooth extraction may be necessary. To prevent these consequences, Dr. Sean Kennelly, in Centennial, CO, may recommend a root canal.
Infected dental pulp may be caused by:
- A deep cavity
- Multiple dental treatments
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Injury to a tooth
When performing a root canal, our dentist will make a small access hole in the tooth through which the diseased pulp will be removed. After the tooth is cleaned and sanitized, it will be filled and sealed. A filling will close the access hole, and in many cases, a dental crown is needed as well to protect and support the tooth. This treatment usually requires only one or two visits to our practice. Our team will make certain that your treatment is as comfortable and pain free as possible.
We invite you to contact our friendly, gentle dental office today to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist!
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.