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Endodontics

“I NEED A FAMILY DENTIST NEAR ME”

From incoming baby teeth to fitting custom dentures, you need to know that your whole family can be taken care of at the same location. Conveniently located just south of Denver and Aurora, Hampden Family Dental offers a full range of services to new and regular patients in Centennial, Littleton, Lakewood and nearby.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

RESTORE A DAMAGED OR INFECTED TOOTH

If you have recently sipped your morning coffee only to discover a sharp pain in your tooth, you may have a small cavity. When left untreated, a broken tooth, cavity or tooth decay can lead to a painful inflammation inside the nerve of the tooth. What may have started as a mild toothache or tooth sensitivity can quickly develop into a painful condition requiring root canal treatment with restorative dentistry.

Endodontics is a special branch of dentistry specifically focused on diagnosing tooth pain and treating dental pain related to the soft inner tissue or “pulp” of the tooth. Using endodontic dentistry, dentists are able to treat a diseased tooth before tooth extraction becomes necessary, restoring the tooth with a tooth-colored dental filling or crown.

At Hampden Family Dental, Dr. Bassett offers gentle root canal therapy with a focus on preventive and conservative care. Using minimally invasive treatments, his goal is to preserve the original tooth structure as much as possible while providing a calming and painless experience. Using advanced dental technology, root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than a simple dental filling.

DO YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL?

KNOW THE EARLY SIGNS OF A ROOT CANAL

  • Sensitive tooth to hot and cold foods
  • Chronic toothache or pain in the mouth
  • Swelling of the gums around the teeth
  • Varying levels of dental pain or discomfort
  • Small dental abscess forming around a tooth
  • Pain when eating or putting pressure on the tooth

OUR ROOT CANAL PROCESS

KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Root canal therapy begins by applying a local anesthetic to effectively numb the affected tooth and provide a comfortable, pain-free experience. A protective sheet of latex or rubber, known as a dental dam, may be applied to isolate the problem tooth while treatment is performed. Next, a small hole is carefully made to access the inside of the tooth and remove the infected nerve and cause of your pain. The empty root canal is then carefully cleaned and medicated with bacteria-fighting dental medication to protect the tooth from infection. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha, which has a similar feel and function as the soft inner tissue of a healthy tooth. This effectively seals the root canal and prepares the tooth surface for completion with a dental filling or crown. After root canal therapy, your tooth may look, feel and function as if you never had a dental issue.

AFTER ROOT CANAL THERAPY

YOUR LIFE AFTER RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

The effects of root canal therapy with a dental crown or filling can last as long as several years to decades with proper care. To ensure that your smile remains healthy and protected after root canal therapy, remember to brush and floss regularly and attend six month checkups at the dentist. Dental health is a collaborative effort! If it’s time to book your next appointment to the dentist, our staff looks forward to finding you an appointment.

Testimonials

See what our patients have to say about Hampden Family Dental

“TO ME, DENTISTRY IS ABOUT INTERACTING WITH MY PATIENTS, HELPING THEM ACHIEVE BETTER DENTAL HEALTH COMFORTABLY AND BUILDING GREAT FRIENDSHIPS ALONG THE WAY.”

- Dr. Bassett