Endodontics is an important part of dental health when treatment is necessary. At Columbine Dental, our family dentists are equipped to solve any dental or endodontic problem in the most appropriate and professional way for you. Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with tissues and structures located inside the tooth. One of the most common endodontic treatments is root canal therapy, a procedure which effectively eases the pain associated with a bacterial infection deep within the pulp of the tooth. Endodontics also deals with cases of dental trauma, performing microsurgery on the tips of the tooth's roots, and helps to assess the issue when constant or inconsistent tooth pain is present. If you or a family member are experiencing any of these situations, Columbine Dental is here for you! With a convenient location on Ken Caryl in Littleton, we proudly serve as your family dentist, and when necessary, your emergency dentist.

Inside Your Tooth

Health Tooth.

Behind the tough, shiny enamel of the tooth's visible crown, lies the sturdy inner tissue called dentin. Dentin is also found behind the cementum that forms the outer layer of the tooth's roots; it makes up the bulk of the tooth's structure. Similar in many ways to bone tissue, dentin is composed of many tiny tubules which can transmit sensations to nerve cells when it is stimulated. At the core of the tooth, we find the soft pulp tissue inside the root canals. The pulp tissue consists of nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels. When problems like infection and inflammation, develop in the pulp tissue, your first indication of trouble may be tooth sensitivity or intense pain. In time, as the nerves die, the pain may go away, but the problem will not. Unfortunately, if left untreated, the result may be tooth loss.

The “Root” of the Problem

Root Canal Infection.

Different problems may cause the pulp tissue to become diseased and lead to root canal issues. One potential source of infection is untreated tooth decay, which can allow bacteria from the tooth's surface to work its way deep inside. A crack or fracture in a tooth could offer another pathway for microorganisms to infect the pulp. Dental trauma may also damage dentin or pulp, or expose it to infection. Extensive dental procedures (such as multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth) may cause trouble. Occasionally, even routine procedures like orthodontics may lead to root canal problems.

Endodontic Treatment

It's important to remember that root canal treatment does not cause pain, it relieves pain. A typical root canal procedure is performed with local anesthetics and does not cause any more discomfort than having a filling. Here's what to expect:

  1. You will receive anesthesia, usually in the form of a numbing shot.
  2. A small opening is made in the tooth’s surface to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals.
  3. Then, tiny instruments are used, often with the aid of a microscope, to remove dead and dying tissue from inside the narrow passages. These passages are then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a safe, inert material.
  4. Finally, the opening of the tooth is sealed to prevent contamination.

Other endodontic treatments may be recommended for removing sources of infection and preventing future problems. Following an endodontic procedure, a restoration, such as a crown, will be placed on the tooth to restore it to full function and aesthetic appearance. After that, with proper care, the restored tooth should last for many years.

Questions & Consultations

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the dental situations above, please call or stop by Columbine Dental. Our family dentists and friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. Whether it is an emergency dental situation, a procedural question, or a checkup, we are here to help! It’s our job to be the experts on endodontics, dental implants, and root canals, and that’s what we are here to do. Call or visit our office on Ken Caryl in Littleton today! Together, we can help alleviate any pain you are experiencing and address all your dental needs.

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