- Root canals relieve pain from an infected tooth
- You can get dental sedation if you need it
- Keeping teeth intact avoids dental problems
Root canals in Fort Collins have a reputation as a painful procedure. In reality, though, they relieve pain rather than cause it. Because of their negative reputation, we understand you may be nervous about a root canal procedure. You needn’t be, though!Doctor Mark Kollar on root canals Read Transcript
Doctor Mark Kollar on root canals
Root canals, I took a special interest in it a long time ago, in part because people like to stay in the practice that they come to. I don't extend that service to cases that are outside of my skill level. But cases that are straightforward and patients are more comfortable staying in the practice, we'll treat them here. We always give them an option to see a specialist, and I work with specialists that are exceptional. The best type of treatment delivered at the level that a specialist would deliver it at, for cases that are less challenging based on the patient’s comfort in seeing us or seeing a specialist, and certainly either way is okay for us. So we do offer that as a service in-house and can get to things that don't always go right very quickly, because we're on call. If a patient is a patient of record, they can call us day or night seven days a week, and we will respond the same day.
So the lag time that might happen – not always, our specialists are exceptional – but if there was a lag time, we can address most issues that cause considerable discomfort pretty much right away, and that's very valuable. Even if we don't complete the treatment, we get people out of pain, we can also go A to Z on the treatment and finish it as well, depending again on the difficulty and what the patient would like long term.
Your root canal therapy will go well with our:
- Experienced dentist, who has performed countless procedures
- Effective local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing
- Two kinds of dental sedation to ease any anxiety
- Comforts like pillows to help keep you relaxed throughout your treatment
If you think you may need root canal treatment, call us right away at 970-972-9787.
Keep Your Tooth Intact With a Root Canal Procedure
If your tooth becomes infected, you have two options: a root canal procedure or an extraction. Generally speaking, it’s advisable to avoid removing your tooth. Choosing a root canal vs. extraction:
- Prevents your nearby teeth from shifting out of place
- Preserves your natural oral function
- Keeps your tooth root intact, so you won’t suffer from bone loss
- Leaves you less prone to gum disease
- Avoids the need for a costly tooth replacement
See Us ASAP With a Toothache or Other Signs of an Infected Tooth
You won’t want to delay treatment of an infected tooth, as the infection can spread to other areas of your body. If you have a toothache, call us right away. In most cases, you can get a same-day appointment for a toothache or similar dental emergency. While pain is a common symptom, it isn’t the only one. You may also experience:
- A discolored tooth
- A tooth that is sensitive to heat or cold
- Tender and/or swollen gums
Dr. Kollar will clean out all the infected material from the center of your tooth, then fill the “canals” inside the tooth with a material called gutta-percha. The final step is sealing the tooth with a dental crown or other restoration.
For root canals in Fort Collins, call 970-972-9787.