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We are very excited to be back and able to once again provide quality dental care to our patients. If you would like to re-schedule or request a new appointment, call us at (720) 815-4733 or submit a request through our website.
We want to reassure our patients that we are very prepared and confident as we have the strictest and most extensive sterilization protocols in place for your safety and comfort. Our staff have received extensive COVID-19 prevention training and we have proper protective equipment in place. Some of which includes the following:
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Dr. Kurt Knechtel
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: