Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Root Canal

Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry

Dentistry located in Phoenix, AZ

Despite what you might have heard, there’s no need to fear a root canal. It’s a beneficial treatment that can save a tooth. And when you seek treatment at top-rated Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry (PCD) in Phoenix, Arizona, your root canal is performed by an expertly trained endodontist. Protect your oral health and protect your smile. Schedule a visit at PCD today by calling the office or booking your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is a specialist who has received two or more years of training and experience beyond dental school. This specialty training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain as well as performing root canal and other treatments that involve the interior portions of your teeth.

Endodontists are also committed to saving your natural teeth whenever possible. At PCD, you can rely on your specialist to use the most advanced technology available to address your problems and preserve your natural teeth.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure performed in the PCD office to clear bacteria from an infected root canal. It’s also designed to prevent reinfection of the involved tooth and save the natural tooth.

During a root canal, your endodontist removes inflamed or infected dental pulp. The pulp is the soft inner material at the center of your tooth. It contains the tooth’s nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

Once your provider removes the inflamed pulp, they will clean and disinfect the area. Your provider will then fill the space with a rubber-like material. A temporary prosthetic tooth will be affixed until your doctor creates your permanent replacement.

Why would I need a root canal?

Root canals are often required to treat a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or problems related to a previous filling. These issues all allow bacteria to gain entrance to the sensitive dental pulp, which causes inflammation and pain as well as infection that may spread to other areas of your body.   

Symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include:

  • Moderate to severe pain when chewing or biting
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Pimple-like lesions (abscesses) on the gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Darkening of the gums near the affected tooth

Does a root canal hurt?

Use of anesthesia during a root canal prevents pain. Most patients report it’s similar to getting a filling or having a wisdom tooth extracted. You may experience mild discomfort for a few days afterward, which is typically well-controlled with over the counter pain relievers.  

If you need a root canal or have symptoms that might indicate an issue, schedule a visit with a root canal specialist at Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry. Call the office or book your evaluation online.