Root Canal – Endodontics

Family & Cosmetic Dentist Serving Centennial, Highlands Ranch, & Lone Tree, Colorado

Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, repairs and saves a badly infected or decaying tooth. The dental procedure involves cleaning out the infected area, removing damaged nerve and pulp, and sealing your tooth to prevent future infection.

A root canal can prevent your infected tooth from developing a painful abscess and, more importantly, can save it from extraction. Scavuzzo Dental Care offers endodontic treatment to help patients preserve their natural teeth, as well as the shape and function of their mouths.

To schedule your root canal appointment with Dr. Scavuzzo, call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

man with toothache touching his cheek and wincingLeft untreated, an infected tooth can eventually cause bone damage and tooth loss. A root canal is the best option for treating and preserving a decaying tooth. You may need a root canal if you have:

  • Severe tooth pain when chewing or biting
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A small pimple or bump on your gums
  • Tender or swollen gums near an infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration

These symptoms tend to present themselves once infection is widely spread. For this reason, Dr. Scavuzzo may also recommend a root canal if:

  • A cavity has advanced to your tooth’s root canal
  • Repeated dental procedures or fillings have affected the integrity of your tooth
  • You’ve experienced trauma to your mouth or face
  • You have a chipped or cracked tooth

To determine if you have an infection that warrants endodontic treatment, Dr. Scavuzzo will take detailed digital X-rays of your teeth.

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal is a multi-step procedure typically performed under local anesthetic, with the option for more moderate forms of sedation as needed.

To clean your tooth, Dr. Scavuzzo will drill an access hole and remove damaged nerve and pulp tissues. He will then either seal your tooth or place a temporary filling in your tooth until a customized dental crown is created. The crown will cover your existing tooth, guarding it against future infection.

Pain and sensitivity are common after a root canal, but these should subside over time. A soft-bristled toothbrush and dental products designed for sensitive teeth can help minimize these sensations.

Endodontic Retreatment

happy woman lifting her hands in surpriseRoot canals have a 95 percent success rate and can last a lifetime with routine dental care and good oral hygiene habits. However, in some cases, retreatment may be needed.

Endodontic retreatment involves examining the tooth for signs of reinfection, cleaning out the tooth’s root canal and placing new filling materials within your root canal.

Depending on the extent of your infection, Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend an apicoectomy to remove the tip of the root causing you pain. Dr. Scavuzzo will access the apex of your root through your gum tissues and remove any inflamed or infected tissues along with root’s tip.

He will then add filling to the root, sealing off the canal. After several months, the bone around the end of your root should be healed.

Abscess Removal

An abscess is a pocket of infection that forms around the root of your tooth. While at first there may be no visible symptoms, redness and painful swelling of the gums will eventually occur. More severe symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates to your jaw, neck and ears
  • Swelling of the face, neck and lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Unless removed, your abscess will continue to grow and cause tooth decay. In extreme cases, infection can spread to your jaw, tissues and other areas of your body.

To remove your abscess, Dr. Scavuzzo will make a small incision and drain the infection. This should relieve swelling and reduce pain.

Local anesthetic will be used to numb your mouth prior to treatment. We offer several other sedation options for patients who may be nervous about the procedure.

If abscess removal is not successful or performed early enough, a root canal may be needed.

Root Canal Treatment in Centennial, CO

Call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page to schedule an endodontic appointment at Scavuzzo Dental Care. We serve patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.