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When It's Time to Treat a Dead Tooth

Dead Tooth Treatment | Montrose CO Dentist

When it comes to a dead tooth, it is important to know exactly what that means. The term “dead tooth” refers to a tooth where the nerve has died or been removed through root canal treatment.

A nerve dies when an infection or trauma occurs in the inner part of the tooth that houses the nerve. Once that happens, root canal treatment may be the only option to reduce discomfort and protect your health.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Many people are fearful of root canal treatment, but there is no reason to be! Modern techniques and treatment options mean that you can actually enjoy a painless experience, even while having root canal therapy.

We recommend root canal treatment for one main reason – to avoid a dental extraction. When a diseased tooth is left untreated, tooth loss is inevitable. Saving your natural tooth is far less costly and complex than replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or implant.

When the Time Is Right

Most patients contact us with painful symptoms and need a dental emergency. We can, however, detect an infected tooth using routine dental x-rays. Often, an asymptomatic infection appears as a dark area on your x-ray and alerts Dr. Ken Cory to a problem.

After your root canal treatment, we will recommend a restoration to protect your now dead tooth. Because the nerve and blood supply has been removed, your tooth will “dry out” and become brittle. It is still functional but will benefit from extra reinforcement using a dental crown. Dental crowns completely cover your tooth and prevent it from fracturing. 

By maintaining your oral health and having regular exams with your dentist in Montrose, CO, you can enjoy restored health and a happy, comfortable smile.

If you are looking for a new dentist, we always welcome new patients. Give us a call today!

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"I have been a denture wearer for decades and no one has been able to make a new set of dentures to the quality of my first set. Ken Cory DMD is accurate with the process he has for making a well fitting set of dentures. I was thrilled and can chew my food once again."
L Harris
"I've been seeing Dr. Cory for about five years or so and will not go anywhere else. He is competent, professional, and genuinely interested in the comfort and well- being of his patients. I hate needles and the deadening process, but with Dr. Cory, I am not apprehensive. I went from dreading dentist appointments to enjoying my dental visits as a nice break:). His staff is great to work with."
Tiffany H.
"If there were 10 stars, I would give Mountain West Smiles 10 stars! I am very impressed with the entire office. Everyone in the office is helpful and professional. Dr. Cory was very prompt and professional and answered every question I had in a way I could understand. I highly recommend this office to anyone seeking dental services. Great experience! Thank you!"
Jennifer D.