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Root canal therapy is a dental procedure used by your Longmont, Colorado, dentist to treat an oral infection that has infiltrated the pulp of your tooth. Extensive damage to pulp tissue and nerves in the inner chamber of your tooth puts you at risk of losing your tooth. Root canals provide a means of treating tooth infections to save your tooth from extraction. A visit to Dr. Kurt Knechtel from Longmont Dental can determine if you require root canal treatment.
Root canals are relatively standard procedures that don’t require extensive preparation in advance. Dr. Knechtel will evaluate your tooth, diagnose your condition and determine if a root canal is the right treatment for you.
The process entails drilling a hole in your infected tooth to remove the infected pulp, nerves, and tissue. We’ll then cleanse your tooth and its canals of harmful bacteria that can spread to healthy teeth. Once cleansed, we’ll seal your tooth with gutta-percha filling to keep bacteria at bay. Finally, we’ll cover your tooth with a dental crown to strengthen it for future use. Your entire treatment is performed under anesthesia to prevent discomfort during your procedure.
Preserving natural teeth is always a preferred option over extraction. If your infected tooth is salvageable, Dr. Knechtel will recommend root canal therapy to restore its usefulness. Preventing tooth loss is one good reason to consider root canal therapy. Additional reasons are: