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Root Canal Dentistry in Arizona

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When are root canals necessary?

Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.

The Procedure

Before the procedure begins, the area is completely numbed using a local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed, a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to protect the mouth and to prevent anything from falling into the back of the throat.

In order to access the infected tooth pulp, an opening is made through the top of the tooth to get down into the pulp chamber. A tiny instrument, called a dental file, is then carefully used to clean out the infected tissue and to shape the root canals to receive a filling. X-rays may be done to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed before the filling is placed.

After the infected pulp is removed, the restoration is placed. In most case a crown is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth. However, if the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did my tooth become infected?

There are two common causes of infection: cavities and fractured/broken teeth. Both expose the pulp area to bacteria that live in saliva. These bacteria can cause an infection that can kill the pulp.

Do I really need treatment?

Without treatment, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess (a pus pocket) that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can cause excruciating pain and, left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth can not heal on its own and will only get worse.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms tend to vary from patient to patient. Infected teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold, the area may be swollen or painful, or there may be a bad taste in the mouth. Occasionally there will be no symptoms at all.

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Surprise Dental Office

SC Dentistry at Marley Park

13954 W. Waddell Road, Suite #112 Surprise, Arizona [85379]
Call Now: 623-889-6000

Hours of Operations:

Monday-Friday (8am to 5pm)
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Goodyear Dental Office

SC Dentistry at Palm Valley

1616 N Litchfield Rd, Ste #250, Goodyear, Arizona [85395]
Call Now: 623-925-2220

Hours of Operations:

Monday-Wednesday (8am to 5pm)
Friday (8am to 12 noon)

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Phoenix Dental Office

A Beary Nice Smile

3608 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona [85019]
Call Now: 602-544-2480

Hours of Operations:

Monday-Friday (8am to 5pm)
Friday (8am to 12 noon)

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Glendale Dental Office

SC Dentistry at Arrowhead

20100 North 51st Avenue, Suite #D-410, Glendale, Arizona [85308]
Call Now: 623-582-5998

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Maryvale Dental Office

A Healthy Smile

4105 North 51st Avenue, Suite #109, Maryvale, Arizona [85031]
Call Now: 623-245-2828

Hours of Operations:

Monday-Thursday (8am to 5pm)
Friday (CLOSED)
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