Root Canal Specialist

Warm Family Dentistry

Scott Cold, DDS

General Dentist located in Salt Lake City, UT

Over 14 million people undergo a root canal treatment each year to save their teeth from infection. At Warm Family Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Scott Cold regularly performs root canals to stop the spread of infection and prevent tooth loss. He uses advanced techniques and materials to relieve your pain and keep you comfortable during treatment. If you need a root canal, call or use the online scheduling tool and make an appointment today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure that addresses infection deep inside the root of your tooth, which can cause terrible pain and toothaches. When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, it needs to be removed to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth and the spread of infection.

A damaged or infected pulp can be caused by:  

  • The spread of bacteria
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tooth decay
  • An untreated cavity
  • An injury

In some cases, without a root canal, the infection can reach a point that requires your tooth to be removed.

How does a root canal work?

First, Dr. Cold uses the office’s The Wand® STA® (single-tooth anesthesia) system from Milestone Scientific® to precisely numb the affected tooth prior to treatment. After he provides the anesthesia, he sets up a rubber sheet to isolate the tooth and keep it dry and clean during the root canal.

He then uses small tools to drill a hole at the top of the tooth to access the root. With a smile file, he digs out the diseased pulp and uses water to wash away any remnants left inside. After the inside has been thoroughly cleaned, he fills it up with a rubber-like material and seals the top of the tooth.

After a root canal, Dr. Cold fits you with a dental crown to support the health of your treated tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canals usually conjure up fear because people think about pain. However, the infection inside the root of your tooth is what causes you pain and discomfort. During a root canal, your tooth is completely numb, and you shouldn't experience any pain.

If you’re still anxious about your root canal, Dr. Cold can provide soothing medications like nitrous oxide to make the procedure more tolerable.

What can I expect after a root canal?

After a root canal, it’s critical you take excellent care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Dr. Cold schedules a follow-up visit with you to check on your tooth’s health. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Cold takes X-rays to see if all signs of infection are gone.

If you need a root canal, go with the best. Call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment with Warm Family Dentistry to learn more.

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