Root Canal Specialist

Wellness Dental

Implant & General Dentists located in Phoenix, AZ

The team at Wellness Dental ensures that you’re comfortable before, during, and after every dental procedure. We’re happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding the filling procedure and the materials used on your teeth. If you’d like more information or need a root canal, call today or schedule an appointment online at any of our four locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, and Peoria, Arizona.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common procedure that can help save your tooth from requiring extraction. The dentists at our Wellness Dental offices are proficient and skillfully trained in this method, and they can discuss any concerns, questions, or anxiety you may have about the treatment.

Many years ago, dentists just extracted damaged or diseased teeth, even though your teeth are meant to last a very long time. Today, we can save your infected tooth with an endodontic root canal treatment. Endodontics is the division of dentistry that deals specifically with diseases or injuries to the dental pulp.

What happens if the dental pulp is injured?

The pulp is a soft tissue in the center of the tooth containing blood vessels and nerves. When it is irritated or infected, you need immediate treatment.

Common causes of pulp inflammation and infection include:

  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • A dental filling or deep cavity
  • Other severe injuries to the tooth

These all allow bacteria to enter the pulp, which in turn causes inflammation.

Why do I need a root canal?

The sensitive tissue around the root of your tooth can become inflamed if the damaged or infected pulp is not removed. That results in pain and swelling. If you don’t experience any pain, it could still result in damage to the bone that clamps the tooth in your jaw.

If you don’t receive the necessary treatment, often a root canal, the tooth will eventually need to be removed.

What materials are used to make crowns?

Crowns are created from several different materials. The type of material depends on:

  • The location of the tooth
  • The amount of natural tooth left
  • Your personal preference
  • Your dentist’s determination of which material is best suited to you

What does a root canal treatment entail?

Root canals typically require more than one visit to the dentist. First, your dentist numbs your tooth to prevent discomfort. Next, they place a thin layer of latex rubber over your tooth to ensure that it stays dry. Then, your dentist drills an opening through the crown of your tooth to reach the pulp chamber.

Your dentist removes the nerve (or pulp) inside the tooth from the root canal, which is the space inside the root. The dentist thoroughly cleans and shapes the interior of your tooth, then they typically fill it with a rubber-like material to ensure that the tooth is sealed properly. They may also add medicine to the pulp chamber and root canal to cleanse it from bacteria.

Once this process is complete, your dentist places a temporary filling to prevent contamination. They may prescribe antibiotics if the infection has spread to other parts of your teeth or mouth. Be sure to use any medication only as prescribed. If you experience any problems with your medication, contact your dentist right away.

During your second visit, your dentist removes the temporary filling and replaces it with a permanent filling or a crown, which will strengthen and improve the tooth.

How long does a restored tooth last after a root canal?

A tooth that has been expertly restored with a root canal can last several years. However, as is the case with any other tooth, it’s still susceptible to fracture or decay.

The tissue surrounding this specific tooth can also become infected, causing gum disease. It’s vitally important to brush your teeth daily and go for regular dental exams. Doing so will ensure that your mouth stays healthy, regardless of whether or not you’ve had a root canal treatment.

How much does a root canal cost?

A root canal treatment will relieve your pain, help to save your tooth, and restore your smile and regular eating habits. The cost of a root canal varies depending on the location and condition of the affected tooth, but putting off a root canal can lead to more expensive dental procedures or even the permanent loss of your tooth.

Saving your natural teeth is usually the first plan of action, as they’re often better at biting and chewing than replacement teeth like dentures or bridges. When a natural tooth is pulled but not replaced, the teeth around it may shift and make it more difficult to bite, chew, and clean your teeth properly, which can lead to gum disease.