A root canal is a dental treatment used to save a tooth. During a root canal, we clear out the infection while preserving your remaining tooth structure.
The Root Canal Procedure
When a tooth has become infected, it is often necessary to remove the pulp and nerve from inside of the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned, it is then sealed, which helps prevent any further infection or decay. If necessary, a crown will be placed over the tooth to help protect it.
The pain that patients often associate with a root canal actually comes from the infection rather than the procedure itself. Even so, we understand how the prospect of a root canal can be unsettling. If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming root canal procedure, we can make your procedure comfortable through sedation dentistry.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Having a toothache can be caused by various conditions , which may require several different types of treatment. One possible treatment for a toothache is a root canal, if the toothache is caused by a serious infection.
In the past, a tooth would have to be extracted when it had been compromised by decay or infection. The goal of root canal therapy is to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Our team is dedicated to making this procedure a soothing part of your overall dental health plan, restoring your peace of mind along with your oral health.
If a tooth goes untreated it may continue to worsen and cause an abscess, which can lead to other more serious health issues. The infection can even spread to other teeth. Root canal therapy can help ensure that you keep your natural smile healthy while resolving the symptoms that come along with a tooth infection.
Symptoms of a Tooth Infection
Aside from the infection, the symptoms of an infection are often very unpleasant. These symptoms make chewing and speaking very uncomfortable, and you may have trouble getting through your day without being distracted by your mouth.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a tooth infection, make an appointment. Dr. Drew might recommend a root canal dental treatment if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- A toothache.
- An abscessed tooth.
- An overly sensitive tooth.
- A broken or damaged tooth that has led to decay.
- A deep cavity.
- A single tooth that has had several procedures or treatments already.
- Swollen gums.
A root canal treatment can be done conveniently in our office, where we can offer you a comfortable, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere. We can eliminate your infection and restore your oral health!
Get Relief from Your Tooth Pain and Infection!
Find relief for your toothache by making an appointment at our Tempe office today. We are standing by to help you!