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By Western Slope Dental Center
November 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root canal  

Root Canals are essential to your oral health care. Some people think they are painful, but modern technology has come a long way root canalallowing your Grand Junction, CO, dentist to treat your tooth pain.

What's a root canal?

A tooth is composed of several layers. The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part. The layer under it is called dentin. This layer is yellowish and a bit softer. The third layer of the tooth is called the pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is called cementum. This part anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and then the dentin, it reaches the pulp, which causes pain. Your Grand Junction dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.

Why would I need a root canal?

One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but you have to deal with bacteria eating away at your teeth.

Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like sugary gum and soda can contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and constantly drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your Grand Junction, CO, dentists. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (970) 241-3483.

By Western Slope Dental Center
October 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root canal  

Unfortunately, hearing the words “root canal” gives many people anxiety. However, contrary to its bad reputation, this crucial dental procedure is relatively painless and fast. Learn more about why you shouldn’t fear the root canal with your dentists at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO.

When is a root canal necessary? 
If you have a toothache, a root canal is probably necessary. Tooth decay slowly eats through the tooth, beginning on the outer enamel layer and, eventually, reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and nerve. A root canal cleans infected or decayed tissue from the tooth’s pulp chamber and removes the tooth’s nerve. This deadens the tooth, preventing it from feeling pain. By removing the infected pulp, a root canal clears out the infection, leaving your tooth healthy.

Don’t Fear the Root Canal 
After determining you require a root canal, the very first thing your dentist will do is numb the area of the tooth. This ensures that you will feel no pain during your procedure. Since the procedure removes your tooth’s nerve, it actually eliminates the chance that it will hurt after the procedure as well. You may walk into your dentist’s office with a sore tooth, but you will walk out pain and infection free.

Root Canal Therapy in Grand Junction, CO 
Root canal therapy begins with numbing the mouth. After the anesthetic has set in, your dentist will make a small access hole on the top of your tooth. Your dentist then removes any infected tissue and the tooth’s nerve using specialized equipment. After removing the infected portions of the tooth, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth all the way down into the roots to ensure that no infection remains. Most root canals require that patients receive a dental crown on the affected tooth to support and protect it.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO. Call (970) 241-3483 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!