Highland and Alpine Root Canals

Nothing is better than natural teeth. If your teeth are severely decayed or diseased, don’t consider extraction until you see Alpine dentist Dr. Garon Larsen. Dr. Larsen saves a damaged tooth with root canal or endodontic therapy. Root canal treatment is the removal of the diseased pulp inside the tooth and restoration of the structure with a tooth-colored filling and dental crown.

It may seem convenient to just get rid of the tooth instead of going through a root canal, but after extraction, the missing tooth needs to be replaced eventually with a denture or dental implant. It means that you have to visit the dentist multiple times to restore your mouth’s function and appearance.

Why a Root Canal is Necessary

Inside each tooth is the dental pulp that contains nerves and blood vessels. This living structure is normally protected by the dentin and enamel, but when an untreated cavity allows bacteria to penetrate deep inside the tooth, the dental pulp is infected. Swelling squeezes the nerve and causes pain. Eventually, the pulp dies and the tooth falls out. Sometimes, cysts may form and cause serious problems.

To end pain, prevent infection and save the tooth, your dentist in Alpine performs a root canal. Dr. Larsen drills a hole in the tooth to remove bacteria and the infected pulp. The tiny “root canals” or spaces in the tooth roots are also cleaned and sanitized. Finally, the spaces are filled, and the tooth is protected with a dental crown.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

You may need a root canal if you experience severe pain when the tooth is used for chewing or exposed to temperature extremes (tooth sensitivity), you have persistent bad breath, and you notice pus or cysts forming near the decayed tooth.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule a consultation with your dentist in Highland or call 801-784-1031 to make an appointment.