We offer efficient, effective root canals at our Chandler, AZ office. If you are suffering from a dental infection, a root canal can ease your toothache, save your tooth, and prevent additional oral health problems. Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment. However, at Value Dental Centers Chandler, our care is easy and low-stress. Not only do we provide local anesthesia. We also use very gentle techniques that will not affect your gums or the healthy parts of your tooth. Plus, thanks to our in-office milling machines, we can often complete root canal therapy in a single day.
When Is a Root Canal Appropriate?
A root canal is usually the only way to save an infected tooth. If you have a dental infection, bacteria have penetrated to the soft pulp inside your tooth. These tissues contain blood vessels and nerve endings, and the nerves travel all the way down through your root canals. Therefore, as bacteria spread, you may experience immense discomfort that radiates across your face and jaw. Other symptoms of an infected tooth include chronic bad breath, temperature sensitivity, and gum abscesses. As the inner pulp starts to die, your tooth could also darken from the inside.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may require root canal therapy.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
Prior to endodontic treatment, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. As a result, you will feel virtually nothing during your treatment. Nevertheless, we can provide additional sedation if you are nervous. Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will place a protective dam around it. This barrier will keep it dry and prevent bacteria from getting inside. Next, your practitioner will create a small opening in your tooth, through which he or she can remove diseased pulp and bacteria. During this process, your dentist will also reshape the inside of your tooth and your root canals. To seal your tooth, he or she will fill it with a soft compound called gutta percha.
After reshaping the outside of your tooth, your dentist will take impressions to provide a custom-made dental crown. In most cases, we will use our chairside imaging devices to take digital images. Then our in-office milling machine can create an astonishingly lifelike crown, typically in less than an hour. You can shop or simply relax in our comfortable treatment room until it is done. When your restoration is finished, your dentist will affix it to your tooth. You will leave the office with a functional tooth and beautiful smile.
What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?
Without endodontic treatment, dental infection will grow worse. The discomfort will intensify, and eventually you will require extraction. Bacteria could also spread to your gums, jawbone, and other teeth. Root canal therapy will prevent serious, even life-threatening damage.
Additionally, root canal therapy is preferable to tooth extraction. Although our dental restorations are very durable, nothing can compare to your own, natural tooth. Following endodontic treatment, you will have a strong, healthy bite that could last for many years.