In some cases a tooth has decay or infection inside the root canal area of the tooth. This decay or infection is usually result from a variety of issues including a cracked tooth, untreated cavity or very large fillings. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is very important to make a dental appointment as the condition is likely to worsen.

  • Severe tooth pain especially when biting down or chewing.
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures of food or drink.
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Gum Tenderness

In order to treat the problem, root canal therapy is required to remove the decay inside the tooth along with the nerve of the tooth. After the inside of the tooth is cleaned out, the empty root canal space is filled and sealed. Typically a tooth that needs a root canal is already damaged or weak, so after the root canal is complete, a crown usually needs to be placed on the outer portion of the tooth to prevent more damage and to give you back full use of the tooth.

If you need a root canal, you can be assured Thomas Dental in Phoenix, AZ will help you understand and feel comfortable about the process. We will thoroughly review your x-rays, the condition of the tooth and then discuss the best treatment plan based on the amount of damage and decay.

Depending on your individual situation, the root canal treatment process may take more than one appointment. Usually, after the root canal procedure is complete, you will need to return for a second appointment to have a crown placed on the treated tooth.

Questions many patients have about root canals:

Is a root canal painful?
Root canal therapy is performed while the mouth and tooth are completely numb. If you choose to undergo a standard procedure, you will only feel a minimal amount of pressure while the numbing of the mouth takes place. Dr. Visser will be glad to talk with you about any of your concerns regarding the procedure to alleviate any of your worries about pain.

How soon will I feel back to normal after a root canal?
You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort for the first day or so after your root canal therapy. We will give you any specific instructions regarding certain foods or drinks you should avoid and for how long after your root canal therapy is complete.

Is there anything I can do to avoid a root canal?
Once decay and infection have gone into the root canal of your tooth, the problem must be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated you will experience even more pain and the infection will grow and result in an abscess and possibly the spread of infection outside the tooth area.