At Cortez Dental, a root canal is a procedure that removes the infected or inflamed pulp inside of a tooth to relieve pain and prevent infection. The pulp is often removed because it is the part of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. If the infection spreads to the root’s tissue, it can cause an abscess. An abscess is an infection that can form inside the tissues of the teeth and can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include swelling, a feeling of pressure in the face, and pain upon chewing.
During the procedure, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth so that you won’t feel pain during the treatment. Then the dentist will remove the pulp from the inside of the tooth and clean the tooth thoroughly. After the area is disinfected, the dentist will fill and seal the area to protect the tooth against further decay. After your procedure, follow all aftercare instructions to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and prevent infection. You should also maintain good oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily. This helps remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums that cause cavities and gum disease. Additionally, routine cleanings and checkups every six months can help catch any developing issues early on before they have the chance to cause more severe damage.
Our practice offers various treatment options for our patients depending on their individual needs and preferences. From annual exams and cleanings to restorative treatments such as fillings, crowns, bridgework, and more, our experienced team is here to help you achieve a vibrant, healthy smile for years to come. To make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today, give us a call!
It is essential to treat an infected tooth as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the infection to other areas of the mouth and body. To learn if the root canal is the right option, contact Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569 to schedule a consultation.
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