That tooth has been bothering you for a while now hasn’t it? Sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? Is it throbbing or do you get a sharp, shooting pain that feels like it radiates through your whole jaw? Your favorite Littleton, CO dentist is here to help.

When the pulp, or nerve and blood supply within the tooth, becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected, root canal treatment may be necessary. A root canal, or endodontic treatment, relieves pain by removing the inflamed or infected pulp from within the tooth. This process allows the tooth to remain in the mouth instead of being extracted. Once the root canal is completed, a filling or crown is necessary to restore the tooth to proper function. If properly cared for, a root canal treated tooth can last a lifetime.

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Want to avoid getting a root canal? Make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly for dental exams, x-rays, and cleanings. This allows the dentist to check for cavities present in a tooth before it can reach the nerve. Once diagnosed, having the cavity removed as soon as possible may save you from pain and spending more money in the future on more complex treatment.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help!