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Blake Street Dental | Root Canal in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Root Canal

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of your teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common form of endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected, it is usually related to the nerves in the root, which need to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that can include bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove the infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth and make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less intimidating. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness afterwards, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist can prescribe additional medications if necessary. The procedure will also relieve you from sensitivity caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any adverse reaction to hot, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing any pain, consult your dentist today.

Denver Dentist | Root Canal. Arnold Cullum is a Denver Dentist.