Root Canals
in Wheat Ridge

Root canal is performed when decay has been allowed to reach and infect the pulp of the tooth.

What are Root Canals?

Root canal therapy is typically performed when the inner pulp, or nerve of the tooth has become infected by decay or has been exposed. The purpose is to prevent the need for total extraction of the tooth. The process involves removing the pulp, or nerve so that you no longer experience pain and sensitivity. Our Wheat Ridge dentist, Dr. Adkins, is able to perform the procedure in our office at your own convenience!

Why are Root Canals needed?

Most often, the procedure is performed when decay has been allowed to reach and infect the pulp of the tooth. This typically occurs when a simple cavity is allowed to get worse because it was ignored for too long. In other instances, the tooth might have cracked or broken, exposing the pulp and causing issues with pain and sensitivity. No matter the cause, we are able to perform the procedure in order to save the tooth.

How you can tell if you need a root canal?

What are the alternatives?

What makes you a candidate?

For most patients, we take x-rays of the tooth to ensure that a procedure is needed to help save the tooth and prevent it from being extracted. 

What happens during the procedure?

The first step is administering a local anesthetic to ‘numb’ the area it’s painless for you.

Next, Dr. Adkins will remove any decay and expose the pulp of the tooth. The pulp, or nerve is carefully removed and the canals of the tooth cleaned out using specialized instruments. The canals are then filled with a material that contains medication. 

If you think you might need to have a root canal done, call our office in Wheat Ridge, CO and we’ll get you in for an appointment right away. Dr. Adkins is always accepting new patients and can provide dental care near Arvada, Lakewood, Littleton, and Westminster, CO!