Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. A root canal procedure removes infected dental tissue and salvages the healthy outer structure before infection spreads. Dr. Henry Phan uses gentle techniques to keep you as comfortable as possible while performing this common and effective treatment at his dental practice in Chandler, AZ. In fact, many patients have compared the procedure to receiving a simple filling.
The most common indicator you may need a root canal is tooth pain. You may also experience prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. Sometimes, the gums around the affected area will become inflamed as well. If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, contact our office right away. Early treatment of infection can prevent more complex issues, such as tooth loss. It is important to note that some patients experience no symptoms, which is why it is so important to attend regular check-ups.
Inside each tooth lies a soft substance called pulp, and when it becomes infected or damaged, a root canal procedure is necessary. Common issues that affect the pulp include a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment, or trauma. Dr. Phan can use an x-ray to determine if you need a root canal or if the tooth requires extraction or another treatment.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Phan will remove the damaged pulp. This procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia, making it virtually pain-free. To start, an opening is made in your tooth to allow Dr. Phan to completely remove the soft tissue. Then he will disinfect the inside of your tooth and fill it with gutta percha, a rubber-like material, for support.
If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, contact our office right away. Early treatment of a dental infection can prevent more complex issues, such as tooth loss.
Depending on the amount of damage caused by the infection, Dr. Phan will determine if you need a filling or a crown. If a crown is required, we can often place a same-day crown, eliminating the need to wait for a lab-made restoration.
Before the advent of root canal therapy, the best option for addressing an infected or damaged tooth was extraction. While an infection can still lead to tooth loss, root canal therapy is generally successful at saving the affected tooth and restoring its functionality. By saving a natural tooth, this procedure can help you avoid additional costly procedures. In addition, with proper care, your treated tooth can last a lifetime.
The cost of a root canal is covered by many insurance policies. However, if you are worried about out-of-pocket expenses, Fine Dentistry accepts third-party financing through CareCredit®.
When decay or infection is left untreated and spreads to the roots of the tooth, root canal therapy may be the best solution. Dr. Phan's gentle and advanced approach to this procedure can provide the relief you need. If you are experiencing prolonged pain or sensitivity, contact our office or call (480) 726-6545 to meet with our team as soon as possible.