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Why you should take root canal therapy seriously

iStock-1175700036Tooth decay, or cavities, are a common issue for many patients who are not thorough in protecting their smile from damage. While this condition happens all the time, that doesn’t mean that it’s any less serious than other problems such as gum disease. In fact, some patients who have cavities and do not have them treated in the early stages may develop more serious issues that require more invasive treatments, such as patients who need root canal therapy. Golden, Colorado area dentist, Dr. Nancy Gill, understands that cavities are often not taken seriously, even though they need to be!

What happens if a tooth becomes infected

When patients think of an infection in the mouth, periodontal disease often comes to mind. However, if a cavity has developed in a tooth and has not been treated, it can continue to grow and go deeper into the tooth, resulting in the entrance of harmful bacteria into the inner canals. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues inside of the tooth that, if infected, may require permanent extraction. Fortunately, Dr. Nancy Gill can avoid extracting a tooth by performing root canal therapy. This procedure, sometimes referred to as endodontic treatment, removes the dental pulp inside of the tooth, disinfects and treats the infection, and then fills and seals the tooth with gutta percha and composite resin bonding. This treatment often eliminates the need to remove a natural tooth.

Why should root canal therapy be taken seriously?

Many patients who hear the words “root canal” automatically assume that the procedure is incredibly invasive and painful. However, with proper sedation and anesthetics, most patients find the treatment to be no different than other services. It is important for patients to avoid the need for root canal therapy, however, as the procedure can leave a tooth weakened and more susceptible to damage. Infection can also carry through the rest of the body, which makes it even more important to take good care of the smile every day!

Call Dr. Nancy Gill and her team in Golden, Colorado today!

At Golden Dental Solutions, our staff is committed to ensuring patient have access to the dental treatments they need for healthier smiles. Contact our facility today by calling (303) 277-9600 to request a consultation visit at our facility, conveniently located at 1218 Arapahoe Street.

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