Because tooth loss creates a wide variety of oral health issues, at Tuttle Family Dentistry, we are committed to saving your natural teeth, whenever possible. When your tooth suffers from deep decay, trauma, or an unexplained infection, you may require root canal therapy to restore your dental health and save your tooth.
Root canals can relieve your pain and allow you to keep a tooth that otherwise may need an extraction. Before we recommend a root canal procedure, we evaluate your overall oral health in addition to your tooth and provide you with the treatment options we believe will best support your health.
Root canals are often more affordable and less invasive than tooth replacement therapy. Additionally, keeping your natural teeth helps protect your bone structure.
What Are the Symptoms?
People often come to us because of pain or sensitivity. When we take an x-ray, we can sometimes see areas of infection that may require root canal therapy, but other times we perform a specialized test to determine if your tooth is infected. Some of the most common symptoms indicating an infection include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- An eruption on your gums
- Pain when chewing
- A dark tooth
As with many other types of dental treatment, the earlier we can diagnose and treat your condition, the better. Infected teeth rarely heal on their own and usually become more painful and troublesome when left untreated.
What Is a Root Canal?
The inside of your tooth, called the pulp, contains tissue and nerves. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal procedure cleans out and sterilizes the damaged tissue so that you can heal properly.
Drs. Tuttle and Colt can treat most root canals in our Colorado Springs dental office, without the need for a referral. They perform numerous root canal procedures each year in order to restore our patients’ health. We know that patients often associate root canals with pain, but you will likely feel relief shortly after your root canal and we always make sure you are completely comfortable for your treatment.
Will I Need a Crown?
After your root canal, we may recommend a dental crown in order to protect your tooth. After a root canal, your tooth becomes brittle and more susceptible to breaking. By placing a dental crown over your tooth, we can help protect it from the force of chewing. Whether or not you need a dental crown depends on the location of your affected tooth and your bite.
Call for an Evaluation
Whether you are an existing patient or a potential new patient experiencing symptoms, call us for an evaluation. Our dentists can diagnose your condition and help you make a decision about treatment that supports your health and lifestyle.