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Your dental needs are a very personal thing, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make sound decisions about certain treatments or procedures. We don't just tell you what we think is best for you. Our dentists in Phoenix, AZ take the time to explain what the procedure is, why it's necessary, and how it will benefit you in the long-term. So we welcome and encourage your questions, because it's the best way for us to know what's on your mind.
Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have others that you don't see here. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our dentist office at (602) 843-6000 if you're looking for more information.
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.
If you have a root infection or have sustained trauma to your tooth, your dentist in Phoenix, AZ will work hard to save it through root canal treatment. We recommend this approach because we feel it’s better for your health and self-esteem. If you would rather not save the tooth, however, let your dentist know that you’d like it extracted.
Procedure for Root Canals in Phoenix
Through root canal treatment, your dentist numbs your gum and gently removes the inflamed tissues from the center of your tooth—the very culprits that may be causing you pain. Later, we provide a filling or dental crown to stabilize the tooth and prevent breakage. This is a very common procedure that allows you to save an otherwise unsalvageable tooth.
If you choose a tooth extraction, or if the tooth cannot be saved, we recommend tooth-replacement following your recovery. Tooth replacement keeps your smile healthy and helps prevent complications. Remember, even a small smile gap can cause shifting teeth, enamel wear, bite misalignment, and jawbone deterioration.