Root Canal Treatment

If you have ever experienced pain in your mouth, then you may be worried or try to pinpoint where it is coming from. RCT or root canal treatment is a type of treatment that removes the inner portion of your tooth, which includes the pulp and nerves. It is important that you let one of our Thornton dentists know if you have any sensitivity or pain centralized to one tooth as it may indicate there is a problem and RCT needs to be performed.

RCT is designed to help save your tooth while removing the inner portion that is infected or damaged. During the procedure, the inner area of the tooth will be cleaned out and then sealed to prevent any further issues. Prior to extracting a tooth, a root canal may be recommended to help save it.

If the situation is serious or the level of decay is severe, then you may need to have an extraction anyways, but this will be discussed with you. When you come into our Thornton office to have RCT, it can take anywhere from one day up to four to complete. Each visit can last from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the chosen method.

You will never have to worry about pain when you have an RCT done. The name of the procedure is quite frightening, but that does not mean that it will be equal to pain either. In fact, most patients say that a root canal is no worse than a filling. The procedure is quite routine and at your appointment, our Thornton dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb the area.

The anesthetic is designed to numb the tissues of the gums and tooth around the area to be worked on, so you will not feel a thing. Prior to the use of the anesthetic, you may receive a topical gel that will help provide a numbing sensation before the anesthetic is injected.

One the area is completely numb, you will not be able to feel anything, and the procedure will start. Our dentists will start by gaining access to your tooth utilizing a specialized tool. This tool will help them make a small hole at the crown of the tooth. After the hole is present, then the tool will be inserted into the tooth and the pulp removed.

Once the pulp is out of the tooth, the inside of the tooth will be cleaned from any bacteria or decay that is there. From there, the tooth is then sealed. Sometimes, a tooth that has received a root canal will need to have a crown placed on it.

Before you have a root canal performed, do make sure you work with a trained and licensed professional such as the dentists at Thornton Town Center Family Dental. If the tooth is not cleaned properly, you may need to have the procedure performed again on the same tooth. No one procedure will completely prevent decay or problems, but a procedure done correctly can minimize your chances of an issue arising.

The procedure is not supposed to cause you pain, but you may experience some mild discomfort, as some patients have. This pain usually does not show up until the procedure is over and may result in some mild swelling. Typically, over the counter pain relievers will do the trick, but our dentists may prescribe you medication when needed.

Why a Root Canal?

There a many different reasons why you may need to have a root canal performed. Below, we will explore some of those reasons.


Pain is one of the number one reasons why someone may visit the dentist. If you have extreme sensitivity or pain in one single tooth, then this is usually a sign that you need a root canal, especially when the sensitivity is related to hot or cold items. Sensitivity is often the only warning that you will receive that there is a problem with the tooth because decay does not have to be present. Once the root canal is done, the pain will be eliminated, and sensitivity will no longer occur.


If you develop an infection inside of your tooth or near the root, you will need to have a root canal performed to remove the infected area. Infections of the nerves are not caused by tooth decay and usually happen spontaneously or after trauma to the tooth.

Infection and inflammation are often times the first indication that you need to have treatment performed on your tooth.

Severe Dental Decay

When you have decay and it is not handled in a timely manner, it will continue to persist. When this happens, the decay will reach the root of the tooth. When this happens, RCT is needed and a filling will not help with the situation.

Pre-Crown Restoration

Sometimes, root canals are needed when a patient wants to have crowns in their mouth as a restorative option. While this is not always the case, it is common. The reason behind the root canal is that the tooth can be prepped properly for the crown without getting too close to the nerve or pulp of the tooth, which can be sensitive and cause discomfort.

Call Today to Schedule a Crown Consultation in Thornton

If you think you need to have a root canal performed or you are interested in learning more about them, call our Thornton office today. We are committed to making sure that you receive the very best in dental care while you are in our office. Our dentists are experienced in root canal procedures and can provide you with the care you need.

Do not wait any longer to get the treatment you need. Call Thornton Town Center Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with us.


We Appreciate All of Our Thornton Patients!

Thornton Town Center Family Dental would not be as successful without the support from all of our patients. We are proud to be able to serve the local area and thank you for all of the referrals you have sent our way! Below, you will find some of our recent reviews from Thornton patients!

Zoey Wright

I had a million questions that I wanted to ask and they did an awesome job and answering every single one. And the staff do an awesome job at making me feel comfortable while they work on my teeth!

1 month ago

Michael L.

ALL the Doctors and staff are extremely nice and very professional. The office is very clean and modern. They have all the latest technology and every one seems very skilled at what they do. I recommend this place for anyone who needs good and honest Dentist!

3 months ago

Joshua M.

The doctors here are professional and super friendly. They have a willingness to help and cater to thier patients needs. Visits are very quick, so scheduling is hassle-free aswell. Would we not be moving out of state, my wife and I would love to make Thornton our forever dentist

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