Root Canal Therapy Arvada — FAQ

Dr. Haupt and the team at Avos Dental Specialists are dedicated to enriching the oral health of patients in the Arvada community. Below, find some of the most frequently asked questions from patients regarding their root canal treatment. A member of our office team is happy to help if you have any questions that are not answered below.

What is a root canal treatment?

Untreated cavities and tooth fractures can expose the dental pulp and risk an infection spreading to surrounding healthy teeth. Endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, involves removing the pulp that runs within a tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the canal is filled with a synthetic sealant and covered.

Why would I need a root canal?

The purpose of a root canal is to stop an infected tooth from spreading the infection to gums and other healthy teeth. Many patients only become aware that they need a root canal after experiencing pain or discomfort around a tooth. After an examination, Dr. Haupt might recommend a root canal for several reasons:

  • A tooth infection is spreading to your nerves
  • Your tooth is badly damaged, cracked, or broken
  • A cavity has caused deep decay close to the nerve
  • The tooth has already had repeated fillings

Does it hurt to get a root canal?

Despite common misconceptions, a root canal treatment is not painful at all for the patient. Today, it is comparable to the experience of filling a cavity. You do not feel any pain during the procedure, and recovery usually takes around a week during which time Dr. Haupt may prescribe a pain medication to manage swelling or discomfort. 

What happens during a root canal procedure?

In the first step of the procedure, Dr. Haupt numbs the target area and creates a small opening at the tooth’s crown. He uses the hole to access the pulp chamber and remove diseased tissue. Then, he disinfects the pulp chamber to prevent new infections. 

Dr. Haupt fills the chamber with a synthetic filling and dental sealant. Finally, he places a temporary filling over the access hole. 

Is there any discomfort after a root canal treatment?

A few days after your procedure, you may notice slight discomfort or tenderness when putting pressure on the affected area. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can help to reduce inflammation and tenderness around the surgical site. Try to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth for a couple of days until you get your permanent crown.

How do I avoid the need for a root canal?

Preventative oral care is the best way to avoid the need for a root canal. Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

Avoid eating sugary foods and beverages that decay teeth, like soda, fruit juice, and candy. Wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from damage when playing sports. And be sure to stay up to date on your dental cleanings, attending cleanings every six months.

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