Dr. Robert Baker provides root canal therapy to remove infected and damaged tooth tissue so that you can once again enjoy a healthy smile. This endodontic treatment is often the only alternative to a tooth extraction, which allows you to retain your natural teeth and continue using them for years to come rather than undergoing more extensive replacement treatments. To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about root canal treatment in Mesa, Arizona, call our office at 480-461-9944.
What is a root canal treatment?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that aims to save severely damaged or infected teeth from extraction. A root canal treatment is typically recommended when a tooth’s pulp (the innermost tissues of the tooth which contain the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues) becomes infected due to deep decay or trauma. Typical symptoms that this has occurred include:
- Persistent toothaches
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Tenderness around the affected area
If untreated, this infection can spread and lead to more severe complications, eventually resulting in the death of the tooth and its subsequent extraction.
Root canal treatment removes this infected and damaged tooth tissue, cleaning and disinfecting the tooth to restore its health and function.
Why choose to receive root canal therapy?
We recommend choosing a root canal over having the tooth extracted as root canal therapy offers several important benefits.
Firstly, root canals allow you to preserve your natural teeth, maintaining the integrity of your smile and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting, which can lead to alignment issues. Secondly, root canals are a cost-effective option compared to extractions followed by tooth replacements like dental implants or bridges. Additionally, root canal treatment has significantly improved with advanced techniques and technology, making the procedure relatively painless and with faster recovery times. By opting for a root canal, you can save your teeth, retain your oral function and enjoy a healthier, long-lasting smile.
The root canal procedure
The root canal procedure is a multi-step process that usually requires one or more dental visits. Firstly, our dentist will examine the tooth, take X-rays and will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Then, an access hole is created in the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. The infected pulp is removed, and the canal is thoroughly cleaned and shaped. After disinfection, the canal is filled in to seal it and help prevent reinfection. Finally, a restoration (usually a dental crown) is placed on the tooth to restore its appearance and function.
Ensuring your comfort
During a root canal, ensuring your comfort is a top priority for our dentist and team. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area and alleviate any potential pain. We may also recommend another sedation option if needed. Our dentist and team also employ modern techniques and equipment to make the procedure more efficient and comfortable. You can expect minimal discomfort and a swift recovery after the root canal. With advancements in dentistry, a root canal is now a routine and virtually painless procedure, helping patients preserve their natural smile and oral health.
Make An Appointment
To schedule your personal consultation and learn more about root canal therapy, please contact Robert Baker Dentistry today and speak with a member of our team.