Root Canal Therapy
in Fort Collins

Root canals have a bad reputation, but modern advancements have made root canal therapy a highly successful and comfortable procedure that can restore your oral health!

Why should I choose root canal therapy?

Toothaches are more than a just painful distraction, as they can be a sign of a serious infection. However, root canal therapy can alleviate your pain, and restore health of the tooth and save you from needing an extraction later on. Plus, modern techniques make root canal therapy more comfortable than ever before, so you can get back to living your life pain-free.

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A root canal can save your natural tooth to preserve your oral health.

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Sedation Options

For your comfort and peace of mind, we offer a variety of sedation options to ensure your root canal therapy is a pain-free experience.

Digital Imaging

Advanced digital imaging techniques have taken the guesswork out of root canal therapy, resulting in a quicker, more efficient procedure with less pain and discomfort than ever before.

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Get Out Of Pain Today

No one plans to have a dental emergency, and that’s why we offer affordable emergency dental exams, so you don’t need to wait to get the care you need to relieve your dental pain.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Relieve Tooth Pain

An infected tooth can be unbearably painful, but root canal therapy alleviates that pain instantly, so you can get back to living life with a smile.

Stop The Spread Of Infection

If left unaddressed, a tooth infection can spread not only to other parts of the mouth, but the rest of the body as well.

Save Your Tooth

By eliminating the infection, root canal therapy can save your tooth and prevent the need for an extraction and other more complex procedures.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

Diagnostics & Preparation

Your dentist will begin by conducting a thorough examination of your tooth and your x-rays to identify the cause of your dental discomfort. If your tooth is infected, they will assess the severity of the infection to determine if a root canal is a suitable treatment option.In the event that a root canal is necessary, your dentist will first ensure that the treatment area is completely numb, including the nerves. Before beginning the procedure, your dentist will discuss various sedation options with you.

Removing Decay & Infected Pulp

After you are completely numbed and comfortable, your dentist will begin the procedure of extracting decayed or infected material, starting from the outermost layer of enamel and progressing towards the inner pulp. Following the removal of infected pulp, the canals will be thoroughly cleaned and the area will be flushed with a specialized disinfectant to eradicate any residual infection.

Filling & Sealing

Upon completion of the cleaning and disinfection process of your tooth, your dentist will proceed to fill the inner cavity with a rubbery substance known as "gutta-percha". This inert material serves to provide support to the tooth and replaces the extracted pulp. Afterwards, your dentist will determine whether to restore the tooth with a filling or dental crown based on the extent of decay and the amount of remaining healthy enamel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

Why would I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is typically required when a tooth becomes infected, which can occur through two primary pathways:

  1. Extensive tooth decay can erode the outer layers of enamel and dentin, eventually exposing the pulp. The pulp is responsible for maintaining the vitality of the tooth, and when it is exposed, it is vulnerable to bacterial infection.
  2. Dental trauma, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, can also expose the nerve and blood vessels in the pulp, leading to infection.

In either case, a root canal can provide a solution to alleviate the pain and prevent further complications, such as infection, decay, and the eventual death of the tooth. Symptoms of infection can include a toothache, swollen and puffy gums, and tooth sensitivity.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

No! A root canal actually relieves the pain caused by an infection. Modern dental techniques and technologies have made root canal therapy a comfortable and stress-free experience.

In addition to local anesthetic that numbs your mouth completely, you can also discuss sedation options with your dentist to further enhance your comfort during the procedure.

Can root canal treatment fail? What happens if it does?

While the majority of root canal treatments are successful, it is possible for the procedure to fail. Failure is caused by any remaining bacteria that may have been left behind during the initial treatment, resulting in the return of the infection. If this does happen, you will need to receive a retreatment to eliminate any remaining bacteria and ensure the infection doesn’t have the chance to return.

Do I always need a dental crown after a root canal?

It’s true that a crown is most often the best method of protecting your tooth after root canal therapy, however, they may not always be necessary. In cases where there is enough healthy enamel remaining on treated anterior (front) teeth, a filling may be sufficient to complete the procedure.

Is root canal therapy covered by insurance?

Root canal therapy is generally at least partially covered by most dental insurance plans. However, every plan is different. If you’re curious about your coverage, it’s best to get in touch with your provider to get an accurate understanding of your plan’s benefits.

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