As a Longmont general dentist, Dr. Ryan Bond has gone through extensive training to be able to offer his patients the best care possible. At Bond Family & Implant Dentistry, we know that patients prefer to stay in one place for all of their dental treatment needs, and that is why we provide all aspects of dentistry.

Why Is a Root Canal Done?

A Root canal procedure is done when a tooth’s nerve has become infected or has died. If left untreated, an infected tooth needing a root canal may cause concerning swelling and usually is quite painful. For these patients, a root canal is the quickest way to relieve pain.

How Do Your Perform a Root Canal?

Most root canal procedures are finished in one appointment. After ensuring you are completely numb, we begin to gently clean out the inside portion of your tooth where the nerve and blood supply resides and where the infection is located. Teeth have long roots, and we use the most recent technology to help us determine just how long the tooth roots are.

After we have determined the length of each root, we use a complex system of instruments to systematically clean and shape the tooth from the inside out. We continually rinse and clean until we know that all of the tissue inside of the tooth has been removed. Throughout this process, we check in with our patients to ensure they are as comfortable as possible.

A filling is then placed inside the tooth that fills in the space created all the way to the ends of the roots. We use special filling material that is perfectly matched in size to the instruments we used to clean and shape the tooth.

After the root canal procedure is completed, a dental crown is needed in order to protect the tooth from becoming weak and fracturing. This is especially important in the back areas of your mouth where chewing occurs most. If you already have a dental crown and need a root canal done on a crowned tooth, don’t worry! We are usually able to perform the procedure through the existing crown with no permanent damage.

Are Root Canals More Painful Than Other Dental Work?

Root canals have gotten a bad reputation but are actually often the first step in relieving painful symptoms. To ensure that our patient does not feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure, we use strong dental anesthetics and continually check in with the patient to make sure they are still comfortable.

Our practice has recently invested in the latest technology in root canal therapy, which serves to minimize complications and decrease treatment time. We love being the comprehensive care provider that our patients need.

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