Loveland Root Canal Therapy

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Root Canal Therapy in Loveland

A root canal saves and protects your natural tooth if it becomes infected due to unchecked decay or an oral injury.

Dr. Christiansen is an experienced endodontist and offers superior results when it comes to root canal therapy.

We keep you comfortable throughout the entire process while relieving you from the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth.

Root canals at our office are simple and fast. We use the latest tools and techniques to care for your infected tooth.

What Are the Signs of an Infected Tooth?

A tooth infection is caused by damage to the enamel and dentin, which exposes the soft interior “pulp” of your tooth to oral bacteria. Most commonly, an infected tooth is caused by a cavity that has eaten through the hard surface of your tooth. However, infections can also be caused by oral injuries that crack or damage the tooth.

The most common sign of an infection is a serious toothache that will not go away. You may feel serious pain and discomfort that seems to be radiating from one particular part of your mouth. A few other common signs of an infected tooth include:

- Sensitivity to heat, cold, and the pressure of chewing
- Redness, swelling, and inflammation around the tooth
- Swelling in your face or cheek
- Fever
- Discoloration in the tooth

What Can I Expect from the Root Canal Treatment Process?

Despite a bad reputation, root canal therapy is actually a very fast, minimally-invasive, and pain-free procedure. First, Dr. Chad Christiansen will numb the treatment site and isolate the tooth with a dental dam. Next, he will use specialized tools to remove the damaged enamel. After this, the infected interior tooth material will be removed.

The tooth will then be cleaned and sanitized, and it will be filled with an inert, rubbery substance that provides support for the tooth structure. Finally, Dr. Christiansen will place a temporary filling or crown on your tooth to protect it. This completes the procedure, but you’ll usually come back in 2-3 weeks when your tooth has healed in order to receive a permanent crown.


What’s the Difference Between Anterior & Molar Root Canal Therapy?

Anterior (front) teeth are more difficult to treat with a root canal compared to molars and premolars. This is because molars and premolars have a large chewing surface on the top where a hole can easily be created to extract infected material, while the front teeth do not. A hole must be made in the rear surface of an anterior tooth, and the infected material must be extracted through this hole. This is a more complex procedure than treating a molar, which is why some general dentists don’t offer anterior root canal therapy. However, Dr. Christiansen is very experienced with these procedures, and he can treat both anterior teeth and molars at Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry.

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