Feel Comfortable During Your Root Canal
Persistent tooth pain is often an indication of a more serious problem. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in procedures that involve the roots and nerves of teeth, and that may be who you are referred to for consistent pain. Most commonly, endodontists perform root canals. Luckily, Lone Tree Modern Dental maintains an on-staff, experienced endodontist for these procedures.
How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
In reality, only your dentist can tell you if you need a root canal. Still, there are a few symptoms that may indicate that one is needed:
- Discoloration of the tooth.
- Sensitivity to heat and cold.
- Severe tooth pain when eating.
- Sensitivity in the gum near a troublesome tooth.
Root Canal Procedures
Root canals have the reputation of being the dental procedure everyone dreads, but it’s actually a very common procedure. Though many dentists are able to complete root canals, in some more serious cases the procedures require a trained and certified endodontist. These individuals go through additional schooling to specialize in these types of treatments.
Whether completed by a dentist or endodontist, the root canal process typically follows this order:
- X-rays are taken to identify any tooth damage.
- Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area and prevent any pain.
- An opening is made in the crown of the tooth and decayed pulp is cleaned out.
- Depending on the situation, the tooth may be left open open to drain before it is filled or sealed. In other cases, a temporary filling may be put in the tooth.
Schedule an Appointment for a Lone Tree Root Canal
At Lone Tree Modern Dental, we have a wide variety of dental specialists on-staff to help our patients get the most out of every visit. One of these dental specialists is a certified endodontist dedicated to providing the best care possible. Call 720-943-2153 or fill out our online form to discuss root canals performed by an endodontist here at our Lone Tree dental clinic.