Root Canal Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ
Though this dental procedure has a notoriously bad reputation, a root canal is actually a mostly painless process that is no worse than having a tooth removed. At S&C Dental, our dentists have years of experience with root canal procedures, and you can rest easy knowing we’ll make this process as trouble-free as possible. In fact, we’ll be doing you a favor, as the root pain you’re experiencing is far more uncomfortable than the procedure itself. If you’re still questioning whether a root canal is a right choice for you, we would be happy to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision all on your own. If you’re ready to get relief from your root pain – schedule your appointment today by giving us a call!
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Read our frequently asked questions about root canals below. This procedure is nothing to worry about when compared to an infected pulp, so don’t wait to get the help you need and deserve. Call now to schedule your appointment or book online. S&C Dental is here to help you address any oral pain you may be experiencing.
Root Canal Q & A
Since there’s so much misinformation surrounding the root canal process, we figured it might help to answer some questions regarding the procedure. We want our patients to know that this often-necessary procedure is nothing to be scared of and does a lot to combat severe root pain. Keep reading to learn more:
What Is a Root Canal?
While it’s easy to think of our teeth as the visible portions we see when we smile, there’s also a pulp inside each tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. The pulp of our teeth is contained within canals that extend from the centers of the teeth to the tooth roots. When the pulp becomes compromised due to disease or trauma, it will need to be removed before it has time to affect the entire tooth. This removal process is known as a root canal. This virtually painless procedure is necessary to preserve the tooth and avoid complete extraction, which can be much more taxing.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canals will typically require two visits: One visit to remove the decayed pulp and an additional visit to place a protective crown on the tooth. With that being said, before a root canal can be considered as a treatment option, we will carefully evaluate your affected tooth and take X-rays to determine the health of the tooth pulp. If we conclude that the pulp has been compromised, we will begin talking about a treatment plan to address the issue that will likely involve a root canal. The root canal process can be broken down as follows:
- Our team will take a look at your tooth and ask if you have any questions before we begin. Once we address any questions or concerns, we will administer local anesthesia and start the root canal procedure.
- During the procedure, we will use specialized tools to remove the pulp while leaving the outer “shell” of the tooth intact. If the area is infected, we will use a medicated filling first, then remove it at your second appointment and replace it with a “regular” filling. If no infection is present, we will fill and seal the empty canal with filling material.
- The next step of the root canal process is to shape your tooth for the crown, which will involve taking an impression of your tooth to use as a “model” for your crown.
- In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown on your tooth while the permanent crown is made at a dental lab.
- At the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and install the permanent, custom-fit crown to your shaped tooth with a strong adhesive, then buff it for a seamless fit.
How Will I Feel After My Root Canal Treatment?
Today’s root canal techniques ensure your recovery will be quick and painless. If you do experience mild discomfort, it can be easily relieved with over-the-counter pain medications. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings every six months will ensure your tooth and crown stay in great shape for the long-haul.