Root Canals

At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we use advanced and gentle techniques and local anesthetic to make root canals as comfortable as possible. We use root canal therapy at our Tempe, AZ, office to eliminate infection and preserve your tooth. In rare cases, if a root canal proves to be ineffective, we may recommend a tooth extraction. A natural looking restoration such as a porcelain crown can be placed once your gums have healed. Our goal, however, is to help you retain your natural teeth. If you begin to exhibit any signs of an infection, you should seek immediate treatment. It could save your tooth.

How Will I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

There are usually some pretty clear signs of an infected tooth. Signs of an infection may include:

  • Sensitivity or pain in a single tooth
  • Pain in the jaw, especially surrounding a painful tooth
  • Discolored gums around the painful tooth

Root canal therapy can eliminate the infection and remove any decay to save your natural tooth. When symptoms of an infection are ignored, the infection could advance and result in tooth loss. In severe cases, a tooth infection can be life threatening, so it is critical to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Aren’t Root Canals Painful?

At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we do our best to ensure you feel minimal discomfort during a root canal treatment. When you come to our office for treatment, we will take x-rays to determine which parts of the tooth are infected. Once the infected areas are located, you will receive an injection of local anesthetic. This will numb your tooth and gums so you don’t feel any pain. Your dentist will then work carefully to remove the infected portions of your tooth. If the pulp in the pulp chamber of your tooth is infected, he or she may inject additional anesthetic into this area to further prevent discomfort.

The soft tissues in the pulp chamber are then removed. Your dentist will expand your root canal and straighten out the pulp chamber in preparation for your filling. The inside of your tooth is then disinfected and then filled with temporary gutta-percha, a rubber like material. Cotton is then placed in the pulp chamber and the filling is sealed.

When you return for your next visit, your dentist will check to make sure the infection was successfully eradicated. He or she will also check to make sure there were no additional complications. The temporary filling is then removed and your dentist will fill the tooth with composite resin. Our tooth-colored fillings repair and strengthen your teeth and blend seamlessly into your smile.

What Can a Root Canal Do for Me?

The primary purpose of root canal therapy is to eradicate infection and preserve your tooth. By eliminating an infection, we can not only save your tooth, but we can save the surrounding teeth and tissues. Without root canal therapy, infection can lead to tooth loss, which may require additional treatments and costly restorations. A missing tooth may be replaced with a dental crown or dental implant. If more than one tooth is lost, you may need a bridge or partial denture. While the cost of these additional procedures and restorations can add up, it also further compromises your oral health.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are exhibiting signs of an infection, contact Value Dental Centers Tempe as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can perform a root canal treatment, the more of your natural tooth we can preserve.