If you have a serious toothache, it may be a sign of dental infection. Infection develops when bacteria reach the soft pulp inside your tooth and move along your dental nerves. In cases of infection, root canal therapy is usually the only way to save your tooth and your overall oral health. At Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ, our treatment is precise and gentle. In many cases, we can also use our in-office milling system to create crowns and complete your treatment in a single appointment. Therefore, when you undergo root canal therapy at our office, your procedure may be simpler and easier than you ever thought possible.
Is a Root Canal Right for You?
As mentioned above, we typically recommend root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, to address dental infection. Your teeth are filled with a soft pulp, containing blood vessels and nerve endings. When oral bacteria and acid eat through the top layers of your teeth, they will eventually reach this inner chamber. As infection develops, bacteria will travel along the nerves into your root canals. In this way, a dental infection can cause significant discomfort. In many cases pain will not be restricted to your tooth. It could also radiate, affecting your gums, jaw, lower face, and ears. You could also suffer from gum abscesses and chronic bad breath. In some cases, your tooth could develop dark internal stains. If you experience any of these symptoms, you will likely need root canal therapy.
Occasionally, we may recommend a root canal to repair a cracked tooth. If the crack is very large but does not go all the way to the root, endodontic treatment may be appropriate.
The Root Canal Procedure
You may be worried that your root canal will be tremendously unpleasant. However, with our local anesthesia, the treatment should be comparable to receiving a dental filling. Even so, we can provide additional sedation if you are feeling nervous. We have several different options to choose from, and our anesthesiologist can ensure your complete safety and comfort.
To remove bacteria and infected pulp, your dentist will create an access chamber in the top or back of your tooth. Through this opening, your practitioner will also reshape the inside of your tooth and root canals. He or she will use an antibacterial solution to disinfect your tooth and fully eliminate infection. Next, your dentist will fill your tooth with gutta percha. This soft, rubber-like substance will seal the inner chamber so that bacteria cannot get back inside after treatment.
After this step, your tooth will be ready to receive a dental crown. At Value Dental Centers Goodyear, we can use advanced imaging and fabrication technology to provide your crown in about an hour. Your dentist will take digital impressions of your tooth. Then our milling machine will create your crown based on these three-dimensional imprints. The system will carve your crown from a solid block of naturally colored porcelain, so it will be both durable and lifelike. While you are waiting, you can shop or relax in our office. Once the crown is finished, your dentist will use composite resin to attach it firmly to your tooth.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are more involved than other restorative treatments. However, the procedure is worth the time and effort because it can have such tremendous advantages for your oral health. Without endodontic treatment, bacteria would continue to multiply. As they spread, they could destroy your entire tooth, eventually necessitating an extraction. Infection could also move to your other teeth. In rare but serious cases, you could develop a life-threatening bone infection. A root canal will limit infection while it is still confined to your tooth. In this way, the treatment can protect your smile and even your overall wellness.
Contact Us for Effective Care
If you are suffering from the symptoms of a dental infection, do not neglect this important treatment. Contact our office to find out if root canal therapy is the right way to save your smile.