1600 Snow Creek Dr. Suite A, Park City, UT 84060

Meet Dr. Cody Calderwood

Dr. Calderwood completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University and earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland. Because of his commitment to offering the best quality care possible, he continues to further his education every year by attending industry leading courses and workshops related to cosmetic dentistry, implant placement and restoration, and preventative dentistry. When you come to Park City Dentistry for a visit with Dr. Calderwood, you can look forward to exceptional service built around your personal needs.

Meet the Doctor

Root Canal Therapy

Painful Pulp

Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.

Easy Does It

Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today's advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you're on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and check ups.

Associations

Dr. Calderwood is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.