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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist removes the diseased pulp.  The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.  If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures 
  • a cracked or broken tooth 
  • traumatic injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your root canal treated tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease.  Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with no discomfort involving one or two visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile. 

The procedure begins with the numbing of your tooth. After this process, an opening is created on the tooth’s surface.  Once the canal has been exposed, the doctor gently cleans the area out and removes any decayed tissue or bacteria with small files.  Disinfectant materials are used to ensure harmful bacteria have been cleansed from the root canals.  Lastly, the canals are filled with gutta-percha, a rubber like material.

A dental filling or build up will then be applied to restore the pulp chamber area.  Molars and severly broken teeth require crowns after root canal treatment to prevent them from fracturing.  

Dr. Herzberg utilizes the Wave-One Gold rotary endodontic system.  This technique provides great results and saves time.

If you are looking to get a Root Canal in Littleton or Denver area, call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Herzberg.