Root Canals

stock14Here at The Fort Collins Dentist, we make root canals as simple and comfortable as possible! You may have heard that root canals are particularly painful or dangerous, but root canal therapy is actually more similar to more basic procedures–like filling cavities–than you may think.

If you have a damaged tooth, if it becomes too damaged, extraction may be necessary. After an extraction, the tooth will need to be replaced, meaning lots of time in the dentist’s chair, and lots of money spent. A root canal will save your tooth, even if it is damaged on the inside. If you want to maintain your natural tooth and avoid the extraction process, a root canal is the way to go!

A root canal is used to remove a damaged pulp from a tooth. The pulp of a tooth is the soft inside of the tooth which contains all of the nerves and blood vessels. If a chip or crack forms in the tooth, bacteria can leak into the pulp, which can permanently damage it. Symptoms of a damaged pulp include:

  • stock15Persistent, painful toothache
  • Increased sensitivity to temperature
  • Pimple-like bump on the gums
  • Tenderness that makes it difficult to chew
  • Swelling or redness in the gums
  • Discoloration of the tooth

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, come see Dr. Lesko for a thorough examination. A root canal will relieve all of the pain caused by a damaged pulp and will allow you to chew and bite down normally again. During the procedure, Dr. Lesko will remove the pulp through a small hole in the tooth. She will clean out the surrounding area and the root canals and then seal them to prevent further bacteria from leaking in.

Root canals are not as scary as they are made out to be, and they are beneficial to your comfort and health. Give us a call today to learn more about how our team can make a root canal an easy and worthwhile process for you.