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 Many people believe outdated root canal myths and are fearful when they are told they need one.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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I have been dealing with a molar issue for over two years that my dentist was unable to correct. Dr. Stratton did a complete root canal and a restoration core buildup and for the first time I have complete comfort with that tooth. His expertise and concern for my well being went well beyond anything I have experienced at any dental office. I definitely would recommend Dr. Stratton, his care is beyond reproach.
- Kenneth W
Highly recommended. Both my wife and I have had similar experiences at this facility.
- Paul M
This was by far the best dental/surgical experience I have ever had! Kudos to Dr. Stratton and his staff for their professional and courteous demeanor, leading a wary patient step by step through a pain-free root canal. Thank you, thank you!
- Julie C
I have been referred to Clear Creek Endo by two different dentists over the last 10 years. Dr. Stratton seemed to be as concerned with how my life had been going as well as my dental condition. Observing the procedure first hand and listening to the comments he made in concerns with my "angry tooth" I felt 100% at ease with the care and professionalism I was receiving. They were finished with the difficult procedure within an hour and my formerly "angry tooth" is now happy. Couldn't recommend the doctor and practice more.
- Darrell A
Dr Stratton and staff are very pleasant while also being professional. From my first interaction with Anna Marie to the end they made me feel completely at ease and informed. I've had root canals done before but it has been a few years and everyone knows having dental work done can be stressful. Justin, Dr. Stratton's assistant, outlined what would happen and when Dr Stratton came in he reviewed the procedure and answered my questions. He even calmed my fear of needles by talking to me while numbing me and proceeded with the root canal when I felt relaxed. Afterwards he explained what he’d seen different from what we'd discussed and how he'd handled it. I would definitely see him again if I needed work done.
- Lorraine A
Very efficient office. Prompt and timely service. Staff were all courteous and professional. Excellent dental experience!
- Glenda P
Had sudden tooth pain over the weekend. Walked in Monday morning at opening and explained my problem. They saw me immediately and assessed me. They gave me the option to be treated immediately or come back. I experienced no pain AT ALL (except the injection-which is to be expected). The root canal took about 1/2 hr. Not only were they kind and understanding of my fear of dentists but also funny throughout the procedure. I would absolutely go back in a second if I needed dental assistance.
- Jenny S
Everyone was very nice & professional.
- Judy D
This was a fabulous experience. The courtesy, the cleanliness, the friendliness, the attention to detail were all amazing. Thank you.
- Arvidas J
I am now 24 hours post procedure and feel no pain at all. I am even chewing on the affected side of my mouth! I am so happy with the process. Thank you all very much and if I ever need another root canal, Dr Stratton will be my choice. I will highly recommend to anyone who needs endodontics.
- Connie B