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Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Pulpal disease can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.

Symptoms of the pulpal disease can be identified as:

  • Visible injury to the tooth
  • Swelling of the soft tissues around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to temperature, or pressure
  • Pain in the tooth and gums

Diseased teeth are frequently identified on routine x-rays even though no symptoms are present. When diagnosed, root canal treatment can help avoid unplanned, inconvenient, and painful abscessed tooth emergencies which will eventually develop.

If root canal therapy is indicated, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. To help our anxious patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will be able to return to your normal routine. Oral relaxation or IV Sedation medications can be arranged for a treatment visit after an initial consultation appointment.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an implant or bridge work.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a pulpal disease or would like to know more about root canal therapy, please contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado. We have three locations in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, CO.