When a tooth becomes severely infected, our gentle dentist will recommend a root canal, which can help restore a deeply cracked or decayed tooth. Because the infection can spread to other teeth and even the jaw, it is important for our team at Durango Dentistry to completely remove any traces of decay. In order to do so, Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will remove the pulp of the tooth and then disinfect and shape the area. Once it has been properly prepared, the tooth will then be reinforced with rubber posts and sealed with a special root canal filling. The entire process helps protect your smile from further infection and decay.
In some cases, the traditional passage to the infected root is obscured—either by denticles or structural posts. When this happens, the doctor cannot reach the root of the tooth by removing the pulp of the tooth. In order to remove the infection, Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will remove a flap of the gum and bone on the side of the tooth and access the root through this alternative pathway. Apicoectomy may also be needed if a tooth becomes infected again following root canal treatment or retreatment.
Dead pulp tissue can discolor the tooth and create an unattractive smile. This is a result of the dark, dead pulp showing through the more translucent enamel. When a root canal is performed by our dentist, the inside of the tooth will be bleached so that the tooth can return to its normal shade.
To learn more about how our dentist can help your smile with a root canal in Durango, Colorado, call Durango Dentistry, where our team is waiting to assist you.