Covid-19 Update

August 31, 2020

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and while many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are continually making improvements.  Besides our standard infection control procedures, we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Some of our new procedures:

We complete a pre-screening questionnaire the day before all appointments. We ask our patients to wait in their car until the time of their appointment so that we limit the number of people in the office at any given time. We take temperatures as soon as patients arrive in the office and require all patients to wear masks while not in a treatment room. The clinical team wears two masks as well as a face shield to protect our patients. And, we have reconfigured the front desk to include plexiglass barriers and “stand stations” to show where patients should stand to follow social distancing requirements. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour. Finally, Dr. Andy regularly reviews the latest updates on how to best manage patient safety as we learn more about the virus.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with great care in the safest way possible during these unique times!

Save Infected Teeth and
Relieve Pain
with Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, may be recommended when the nerve tissue within the tooth is compromised. This procedure is often used for saving a severely damaged tooth which may otherwise have to be extracted. The treatment is completed in one to two visits to Dr. Maples, the Loveland dentist at West Lake Dental. While root canals have the reputation of being painful or something to dread, improvements in anesthesia as well as improved techniques have made today’s root canals a more comfortable and effective treatment option.

When is a Root Canal Recommended?

Root canal treatment may be recommended for a number of reasons including:

  • An aching, painful tooth, or a tooth that has abscessed
  • A broken tooth that involves the nerve space
  • After trauma to a tooth that causes the tooth to discolor
  • When a crack reaches the innermost layer of the tooth
  • When a tooth undergoes internal resorption

How is a Root Canal Performed?

Once it's determined that a root canal is your treatment of choice, Dr. Maples and his team will create a treatment plan for restoring your tooth back to its original health. The procedure begins with the administration of local anesthesia or sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. The root canal is then carried out in a series of steps:

  1. An access is made within the tooth to reach the nerve space.
  2. The infected nerve tissue is removed and the canals are measured and then re-shaped.
  3. A biocompatible material known as gutta percha is used to fill the newly shaped clean canals.
  4. The access is restored with filling material and a temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the final crown is ready.

Caring for a Tooth after Root Canal Therapy

If two appointments are necessary to complete the root canal, take special care of your temporary crown or filling between visits. Avoid eating hard, tacky, or crunchy foods but continue to brush the area thoroughly.

Some discomfort can be expected after this treatment. Your symptoms may include swelling, tenderness to the touch, and the temporary crown may be shorter in height than your adjacent teeth. We provide you with instructions on how to care for your recently treated tooth as well as any dietary restrictions or medications we recommend you take.

Contact Dr. Maples Today

If you have any further questions regarding endodontic therapy or an upcoming root canal, please do not hesitate to contact Loveland dentist, Dr. Maples. Dr. Andy Maples provides exceptional restorative care at West Lake Dental.

Our team

West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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