Root Canal Specialist

University Dental Arts

Cosmetic, General & Specialty Dentistry located in Downtown, Denver, CO

Tooth pain can indicate an infection of the inner soft tissue of your tooth called the pulp. At University Dental Arts in Denver, Colorado, David Redford, DMD, uses root canal therapy to remove the pulp and relieve your pain. To undergo a digital X-ray and find out if you need a root canal, call University Dental Arts, or book a consultation online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal? 

A root canal is a routine dental treatment for infections and inflammation affecting the pulp within a tooth. The pulp consists of soft tissue and contains blood vessels and nerves. Once your tooth stops growing, it can survive without its pulp. 

Before you get a root canal at University Dental Arts, you must first have an exam complete with digital X-rays so that Dr. Redford can evaluate the extent of your tooth’s condition. If he determines that you’re a candidate, he performs the root canal using these steps:

  • Administering local anesthesia to numb the tooth
  • Creating an opening in the top of your tooth
  • Using special instruments to remove the pulp
  • Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the empty area inside the tooth
  • Filling the inside of the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha
  • Placing a temporary filling to protect the tooth

Two weeks later, you’ll return to University Dental Arts so that Dr. Redford can place your custom crown over the tooth to restore its strength and function. 

How will I know if I need a root canal?

If you need a root canal, there’s a chance you’ll experience a variety of symptoms telling you so. You should book a diagnostic appointment at University Dental Arts if you have any of these common symptoms:

  • Tooth, gum, or jaw pain
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Abnormal tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and tenderness in your lymph nodes
  • Swollen gums 
  • Visible chips or cracks in a tooth

Some people don’t experience these symptoms. If this is the case for you, you might go for a long time without realizing you need treatment. That’s why it’s important to book two dental exams and teeth cleaning appointments each year. During an exam, your provider looks for signs of a tooth infection. 

Is a root canal painful?

At University Dental Arts, Dr. Redford and his team prioritize your comfort during a root canal. While it’s a common assumption that root canals are painful, Dr. Redford uses local anesthesia to assure that your root canal will be painless. Removing the pulp from an infected tooth during a root canal can actually alleviate the pain associated with an infection.

What are the benefits of a root canal?

Undergoing a root canal to treat a tooth infection allows you to keep your natural tooth and its root. By keeping the natural root of your tooth, you can avoid jaw bone resorption and the need for a bone graft if you ever require a dental implant. Additionally, root canals prevent further infection, decay, and tooth loss. 

To schedule an exam and find out if you need a root canal, call University Dental Arts, or book an appointment online today.