Root Canal for Arvada & Westminster CO
Despite being one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, root canals have an unfairly bad reputation. Many people believe outdated root canal myths and are fearful when they are told they need one. The truth is that a root canal is a simple, painless procedure that can save your natural teeth.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
Your tooth is comprised of the enamel surface, the dentin that forms the structure of the tooth, and the pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue in the center of the tooth made up of blood vessels and nerves. When a tooth is severely damaged by decay or injury, the pulp is exposed and may develop an infection. Symptoms of disease include swelling, sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other teeth, the jawbone, and surrounding soft tissues, causing severe damage and resulting in tooth loss. If you have symptoms of an infected pulp, your dentist may suggest a root canal, a non-surgical treatment to remove the diseased pulp and clean the tooth canals.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
- Sharp or throbbing pain in and around the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
- Sensitivity, especially when chewing, that lasts weeks or longer
- Tooth decay that has spread below the gumline
If you have any of the above symptoms and are in pain, call us at Clear Creek Endodontics Phone Number 303-432-3636, and we will see you as soon as possible. Clear Creek Endodontics offers emergency, same-day appointments every Monday – Friday afternoon.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. The injured pulp is extracted using special dental tools, then the canals in the tooth’s roots are cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. Most root canals can be performed in one procedure, but a second treatment may be needed if complex root systems are involved. After a root canal, you should be able to drive home and may return to your daily routine.
Are Root Canals Successful?
The success rate for root canals is 90%, saving the tooth and eliminating the need for tooth extraction. If a root canal is unlikely to be effective, we will review options with you. Our goal is always to save the tooth if possible. Extracting a tooth can lead to other problems, including jawbone deterioration and shifting of adjacent teeth.
Root Canal Follow-Up
After we have removed the diseased pulp, cleaned the tooth canals, and filled the area with gutta-percha (a dental putty), we send your records to your dentist. It is crucial to see your dentist to complete the restoration of the tooth within a few weeks. A restoration such as a crown protects the tooth from bacteria, debris, and infection.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
Each root canal procedure is unique. The cost depends on factors such as the severity of the infection, which tooth is being treated, and the complexity of the root system. Remember that a root canal is less costly than having a tooth extracted and replaced with an artificial tooth. Having a tooth pulled but not replaced can be even more expensive, often leading to crooked teeth and jawbone damage.
If you have been referred to our office by your dentist, it is because they are confident in our skills and that a root canal is the appropriate treatment. If you suspect you need a root canal, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Stratton by calling our office at Clear Creek Endodontics Phone Number 303-432-3636.
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Superb care. Dr. Stratton has a tenderness and demonstrates genuine compassion for his patients.
- Patti S
Dr. Newcomb and Justin were kind, gentle, and experts. I am very impressed (I have experienced incompetence in the past). The office staff was friendly and professional.
- terri b
It was as good as a root canal can be!
- Lynda P
They made a difficult day easy
- Dee Ann F
We cannot even begin to say how happy we are with Dr Stratton and Bailey. We came in for an emergency toothache, were quickly tended to, diagnosed, and treated.
- Rebecca R
Truly outstanding service. I can't think of a single aspect of my interaction with Dr. Stratton or the office that should be improved. This was my first root canal and I was apprehensive, but it really went well. They listened to my particular concerns and took them well into account. The whole experience was less uncomfortable than many fillings I've had in the past. Would definitely use Dr. Stratton and Clear Creek Endo again.
- Ray B
My experience with Dr. Stratton started out with the news that a root canal performed by my regular dentist was not done properly. Only two of the roots had been removed and so the third root had been left in error, and had been infected for a long time. Dr Stratton urged me to not wait too long to get it fixed, I could see clearly on his advanced x-rays that there was a problem, and he explained that he would have to replace the root canal completely. He took the time to explain what-all had to be done, and assured me that a root canal didn't have to hurt. ( I didn't fully believe him due to my prior experience with my old dentist.) His technique, skills, efficient assistant Justin, and up-to-date equipment actually made the procedure pain-free. I did not believe it was possible, but it is true. I'm so glad I was referred to Clear Creek Endodontics and I would recommend Dr Stratton and his whole staff to anyone.
- Nancy O
My experience with Dr. Stratton started out with the news that a root canal performed by my regular dentist was not done properly. Only two of the roots had been removed and so the third root had been left in error, and had been infected for a long time. I could see clearly on his advanced x-rays that there was a problem, and that Dr. Stratton would have to replace the root canal completely. He took the time to explain what-all had to be done, and assured me that a root canal didn't have to hurt. ( I didn't fully believe him due to my prior experience with my old dentist.) His technique, skills and up-to-date equipment actually made the procedure pain- free. I did not believe it was possible, but it is true. I sure wish I had found Dr. Stratton to perform my root canal the first time it was done. I would recommend him to anyone, and I will NEVER have a root canal done by a regular dentist if I have any say about the matter.
- Nancy O
I went in for a root canal Justin and Dr. Stratton were great. I would recommend Dr. Stratton for any endodontics work.
- Ray t
This was for a root canal. I have had 2 others in my life. Besides other normal dental work. It is always an uncomfortable visit. No matter how nice the doctor or staff is. Now, I say this with no exaggeration, this was the best experience I have ever had. And as far as the root canal, again no exaggeration, I almost dozed off as they were working on me. NO PAIN, no stress. And amazing as that was, very little to no pain later as the Novocain wore off. Simply amazing. Highly recommend this office.
- Richard L