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Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment in Phoenix, AZ is your dentist's last resort when it comes to saving your tooth. But, to understand the treatment, it helps to know the structure of your tooth.

The white and hard outer portion of your tooth is the enamel which serves as a durable and protective shell for what's inside. Your inner tooth, collectively known as the pulp, consists of soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

When You Need Root Canal Treatment

If decay or damage breaches your enamel, your tooth's pulp may become infected. This infection is the actual cause of the pain associated with root canal treatment, not the treatment itself.

Pain is a way your body notifies you of a problem within you. As your tooth pulp's infection intensifies, so will your pain. Root canal treatment is what soothes the pain.

The Treatment Saves Your Tooth

As part of the procedure, Dr. Chad Hines, DDS will open up your tooth at the crown to access the pulp, removing all infected tissue along with your tooth nerve. He then will fill the inner tooth with a sealing agent to keep the infection out for the long run.

The final step is when Dr. Hines installs a dental crown over the sealed remains of your tooth to provide extra protection and mimic your old tooth in both appearance and function.

Schedule An Exam at Our Phoenix Dental Office!

If you think tooth damage or decay might make you a candidate for a root canal, time is working against you. However, the Dental Care at Moon Valley team is waiting for your call at (602) 843-6000 and can schedule an appointment to help save your tooth.

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