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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can help eliminate pain resulting from a tooth infection.What is a root canal? It is the removal of a tooth infection from the tooth with the intent of saving the natural tooth from extraction.

Once the inside of the tooth becomes infected (which attacks the nerves, tissues, and root canals), the body cannot reverse the damage. A root canal must be performed as soon as possible to remove the tooth abscess. If we wait too long, the tooth might have to be extracted.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Modern root canal treatments are actually pain-relieving procedures! With today’s technology at Artistry in Dentistry, the treatment is comparable to any other dental procedure, like getting a filling or dental crown. We use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Sedation is also an option in our office.

We prioritize the management of dental pain. We provide:

  • Comfortable treatment.
  • Comprehensive recovery assistance.
  • Precise results.

No one is better prepared to help you with your root canal treatment than we are at Artistry in Dentistry.

A good friend in the dental business recommended Dr. Sullivan for a 2nd opinion. So I gave him a try, and he recommended having my tooth re-treated for a root canal – I had it done and saved the tooth! I’ve stayed with him ever since!Kelly

How To Know If You Need a Root Canal

Think you might need a root canal? Look for symptoms like:

  • Tooth pain. 
  • Swelling.
  • Hot or cold sensitivity.
  • Biting sensitivity.

Man from Mesa who sought root canal treatment after experiencing tooth pain.A chipped or broken tooth is susceptible to a tooth infection. If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our office right away.

In your case, it may be that bacteria found its way into the inner chamber of your tooth, called the root canal. The bacteria could be multiplying on the sensitive tissues and nerves that exist there. This can cause irritation and inflammation, which presses on the nerves and causes pain. 

Pain alone is not the only problem. It simply alerts us that an infection is growing. The larger long-term problem is that the bacteria could spread to other teeth or even to bodily organs. Infections can cause: 

  • Facial swelling.
  • Pressure around or inside a tooth.
  • Swollen or red gums. 
  • Fever. 
  • Strange tastes. 

Even just persistent discomfort in a tooth can be a bad sign. We’d like to give you a real diagnosis so that you can experience relief and greater health and safety. 

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Your root canal treatment involves one to three appointments, during which we will remove the damaged portion of the tooth and clean and seal the root canals. We will also place a dental crown or filling on the affected tooth to protect it from further bacteria infiltration.

If you have an infection in the root canal of your tooth, the main service to heal it is called a root canal treatment. This is a relatively fast, routine service that we can complete in one appointment for you here at Artistry in Dentistry. Here’s what we do:

  • Use our state-of-the-art CT scanner as needed to detect problems inside the tooth and to plan successful root canal therapy. 
  • Get you comfortable in your chair—with sedation, if necessary.
  • Access the root canal area and clean the bacteria out completely.
  • Close up the access hole to the root canal. 
  • Protect the tooth from further infection and damage using a customized dental crown.

We enjoy surprising our patients by starting and finishing a root canal right on time. Your tooth should feel much better and be protected from this problem for many, many years.

Root Canal FAQs

Here are answers to the some of the most commonly asked questions about root canal therapy:

How much does a root canal cost?
Root canals can vary in cost depending on the tooth. Molars are more expensive than other because of their location. Generally, a root canal costs between $700 – $1500.

Do I need a crown after a root canal?
A crown may be necessary after a root canal, but not always. Depending on how much of the healthy tooth is remaining after the root canal, a crown may be used to protect the tooth to prevent infection and decay.

How long does a root canal last?
In a study of nearly 500,000 root canals, 86 percent of root canals lasted 10 years or longer. The longevity of a root canal ultimately comes down to a number of factors like timing of treatment, location of the tooth, patient age and more.

How long does the root canal procedure last?
Root canal therapy may require one or two appointments. These appointments are about 30-60 minutes long, but can last longer for larger teeth like molars.

How urgent is a root canal?
Root canals can fall under emergency dentistry if they are serious enough. Tooth infections are extremely painful, and if left untreated for too long, can lead to serious complications including losing the tooth.

Saving Teeth With Root Canal Therapy in Gilbert, AZ!

We will make sure your smile is properly treated and restored, no matter what your needs may be. To schedule your exam, call, text, or email us at Artistry in Dentistry today!

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