Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Endodontics/Root Canals

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At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.

Endodontics/Root Canals

In the majority of cases, you will notice some type of symptom that indicates an infected root canal. Although, there are cases where there are no symptoms and the infection will only be found by your dentist on an x-ray.

Getting Regular Check-Ups

This is another reason why Drs. Hilton and Marcincin stress the importance of regular checkups. When we take periodic x-rays of your teeth, we can detect a root canal infection long before it shows any symptoms and becomes serious.

Early treatment of an infected root canal is not just important for preventing symptoms, but it significantly increases the odds of saving the tooth and preventing the further spread of infection.

Some of the common symptoms of an infected root canal are:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • A small bump on the surface of your gum
  • Discomfort when touching the tooth
  • Severe pain that worsens over time

But some of these symptoms, like increased sensitivity can indicate other serious oral health problems. Only a dentist can evaluate your situation properly and determine if a root canal is necessary.

What To Do If You Are Experiencing These Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or are overdue for a dental exam, please contact our Summit dental office. It is far easier and better for your oral health to treat a root canal infection as quickly as possible.

Cause of a Root Canal

If severe decay or periodontal disease occurs deep within your tooth, the doctors at our Dillon dental office may decide that a root canal is needed. This area within your tooth houses the nerves and pulp that keep your tooth alive.

If infection reaches this space in your tooth, a root canal is often the only way to preserve the tooth. Without root canal treatment, you face the risk of having the infection spread, and you may eventually need to have your tooth pulled.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Usually, the first indication of root canal infection is tenderness around the tooth and severe toothache pain that won’t go away. Most people have a negative reaction to the idea of a root canal, but if the infection is not removed, the pain will get worse and potentially result in loss of the tooth. The reason for root canal therapy is to eliminate the infection and the source of your pain.

Our Expertise

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin has extensive experience in performing root canals, and they know that many people get nervous when they think about having root canal treatment. Sedation options can work wonders in helping to keep you relaxed, but our experience and training allow us to perform root canals at our Dillon dental office that are comfortable, safe, and efficient.

Root Canal Therapy | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you haven’t had a root canal in many years, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and stress-free the procedure really is. Using modern dental techniques, root canal treatment today is efficient and comfortable.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We know that nobody looks forward to having a root canal, but part of overcoming your fear may be as simple as understanding a bit more about why you need to have the procedure done. A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth has extensive decay that has penetrated the area where the root is located.

The inner portion of your tooth (the root canal) is home to nerves and tissue that become inflamed when decay is present. That is why most people experience severe pain as the primary symptom of an infected root canal.

In order to relieve the pain and save the tooth, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin must remove the infected material to stop decay from spreading. If you put off treatment, the infection may damage the tooth beyond repair.

Obviously, putting off root canal treatment is not wise. If you are experiencing pain and think you may need a root canal, please contact our office as soon as possible. We will assess your situation and determine if a root canal is necessary.

root canal treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupYou will most likely need a root canal if your tooth becomes damaged by large cavities, trauma, or severe gum disease. If this damage progresses, it can reach the inner portion of your tooth where the nerves are located. This results in great discomfort, and a root canal becomes necessary to relieve the pain and save the tooth.

Many people still have the impression that a root canal is something to worry about. In reality, dental techniques and materials have improved so much that a root canal is really no more complicated than having a tooth pulled.

The Root Canal Procedure

During the root canal, the material inside the root is gently cleared away, and the area is disinfected and sealed. A dental crown may be needed to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin both have extensive experience in performing root canals and understand your concerns. They will answer any questions you have and make sure you understand the procedure before beginning treatment.

We want to make sure you are completely comfortable, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 970-468-2471 to arrange a consultation so we can answer all your questions.

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In the majority of cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing continued acute pain.

Our Philosophy

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as the decay continues to work its way into the portion of your tooth that contains the root and nerves. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other Causes of Teeth Pulling

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.

Typically, Crowns Are Needed After Root Canal Treatment

It is difficult to say whether you will definitely need a crown but, in the great majority of cases, the answer is yes, you will most likely need a dental crown after root canal treatment.

In general, dental crowns are used to provide support and strengthen a tooth that has been weakened. In the case of a root canal, the condition of the tooth before treatment is one of the determining factors. If the tooth has already been compromised by extensive decay, a dental crown will help protect it from further damage.

Dental crowns are versatile restorations, and protecting a tooth after a root canal is just one of their uses. We can also use dental crowns to make cosmetic alterations like reshaping of a tooth. If your teeth are severely discolored and cannot be whitened using traditional treatment, a crown is a good choice for creating a new, fresh-looking surface.

Our Priority Is Your Health

At Summit Dental Group, our first priority is protecting your oral health, and restorations like dental crowns help us accomplish that goal. But the type of treatment we choose really depends on your specific needs.

Please contact us for more information about dental crowns and the other types of restorative treatments we offer.

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