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Other common names for endodontic treatment are root canal therapy and just root canals. This restorative dental procedure can eliminate infection in a tooth root to treat symptoms of an infected tooth, such as extensive tooth decay, the loss of dental filling and ongoing pain around a tooth or the gums. An untreated dental infection can worsen in pain and alter the color of the tooth, even requiring it to be extracted. We offer a review of the basic procedure for endodontic treatment and how it can restore an infected tooth to full health.

At Dakota Ridge Dental, we often perform a root canal procedure in two separate appointments at our office. We may initially take some dental X-rays of the tooth to determine its severity, and then remove the layer tooth enamel so that we can reach the infected area of the tooth and provide proper treatment. Once the infected part of the tooth is gone, the root structure is replaced with gutta-percha, a medical material.

Then, we shape the tooth into an abutment so that it can receive a permanent dental crown. To ensure the crown is custom made for your smile, we will send an impression of the area to a dental laboratory, and then cover the vulnerable tooth with a temporary crown in the meantime.

At your second appointment with our dentist, they can replace the temporary crown with its permanent counterpart and secure it in place with a powerful dental cement. It’s important to properly care for your restored tooth to help it last for several years and improve the function of your smile.

If you have suffered an injury or tooth decay that has resulted in dental infection, please contact Dakota Ridge Dental at 303.933.2420 today and discuss the possibility of endodontic procedure in Littleton, Colorado, with Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek.