Do you have a throbbing toothache that has gotten worse over time? Have you noticed jaw pain, swelling, or a raised bump on your gums?
These are all signs that you might have an infected tooth that requires a root canal to treat. Nobody wants to think about, much less have, a root canal. But Dr. Jesse Jenkins and her team at Five Parks Dental show their patients that a root canal is not the painful, difficult procedure they believe it to be.
Because we use updated dental technology and powerful anesthetics, getting a root canal at our Arvada dental office is comfortable and efficient. Combine that with the skill of an experienced dentist like Dr. Jenkins, add a touch of sedation dentistry, and the result is a procedure that’s easier than you ever imagined it could be.
Root Canals Save Teeth
A root infection develops when bacteria enters the portion deep inside a tooth called the pulp chamber. This can occur because of a broken or cracked tooth, dental trauma, or old or broken fillings. Once a tooth becomes infected, Dr. Jenkins must perform a root canal to save the tooth from extraction.
We have all been conditioned to think that root canals are painful, but it isn’t the procedure that causes your discomfort. It’s the infection inside your tooth that has reached the nerve and can cause excruciating pain, and the only way to relieve it is with a root canal.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
Numerous symptoms that indicate an infected tooth are:
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Toothache that worsens over time
- Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperatures
- Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
- A whitish bump on the gums
- An awful taste in your mouth
It’s not uncommon, however, for a root canal infection to be asymptomatic. This underscores the importance of routine dental exams every six months, where we can detect a tooth infection in its earliest stages and long before it causes you pain.
The Root Canal Procedure
After Dr. Jenkins diagnoses the root infection using 3-D imaging, she numbs the tooth she’s treating so you don’t feel any pain.
Next, she opens a tiny hole in the tooth to access the interior pulp chamber of your tooth that contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves that keep it alive. The infected pulp is removed, and we irrigate the inside of the tooth with an antimicrobial solution that helps eliminate any lingering infection.
Our general dentist then disinfects the hollowed-out area and fills it with a soft rubber material called gutta-percha. The final step is to seal the access hole with a temporary filling.
We Perform Apicoectomies
Sometimes a tooth may become re-infected after treatment. This can happen if you have developed new decay or if there are undetected canals at the root end of the tooth. In this case, Dr. Jenkins might recommend an apicoectomy, a procedure needed to remove the apex or tip of the tooth root.
This procedure is performed at our comfortable dental office under local anesthesia. Dr. Jenkins makes a small incision in the gums so she can remove the infected material and a small part of the root tip itself. She places a tiny filling at the end of the root canal to seal it and prevent further re-infection.
Call Us for Root Canal Pain Relief in Arvada, CO
If you have a severe toothache or notice any of the symptoms above, please call our Arvada dental office as soon as possible so we can help you.