What You Need to Know About Root Canals

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What you need to know about root canals - Greeley Dental CareWhat You Need to Know About Root Canals

Root canal treatments are probably the most unpleasant dental experiences you can have. It doesn’t seem worth it to go through all that trouble to save the tooth when you could just remove it and replace it with implants or other forms of restorations.

However, Dr. Taher Dhoon, your local dentist in Greely CO, says, “Your teeth can last a lifetime, so it’s best to do everything to keep your natural teeth.”

So let’s explain how root canals are done in Greely, CO:

First of all, you need to forget your previous experiences. The root canal that was done to your teeth 10 or 15 years ago is not the same procedure as the ones done nowadays. No longer do we need 3 or 4 painful visits, and a load of antibiotics or other medications. Now, it could all be done in one hour or maybe less. The chances of complications are slim to none with proper technique and care.

Steps of root canal treatment:

  1. Diagnosis:
    First we need to make sure that you are a candidate to receive a root canal. If you suffer from extreme pain or swelling, then you probably need a root canal. However, if the decay has reached a certain point where it would be impossible to save the tooth, then root canals are no longer an option and we have to resort to extraction. X-rays are used for this diagnosis.
  2. First access:
    After numbing the tooth, all the decay is removed using the turbine, and we gain access to the pulp (or nerve) of the tooth. The cavity is then widened and shaped in preparation for the next step.
  3. Cleaning and Shaping:
    A set of files are used to remove all the remnants of the tooth nerve, and shape the canals to receive the final filling. Your dentist would probably attach a “balloon” to your teeth first. This is called rubber dam isolation and is perhaps the most important factor for success. Although it’s not entirely comfortable because it isolates the treated tooth from the bacteria in the oral cavity and minimizes the chances of infection.
  4. Filling:
    This step is two-fold:

    1. Filling the root canals themselves with a specialized filling material, that is shaped to the exact size and length of the prepared canals.
    2. Closure of the access with a tooth-colored final filling, that isolates the root canal system from the oral environment
  5. Dental Crown:
    The final step is fitting you for a dental crown. It is not needed in all cases but is preferable since the teeth become vulnerable after the root canal treatment and very liable to break. Covering them with a solid crown would minimize the chances of breakage and increase the longevity of the tooth.


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