Phoenix Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection. When this happens the tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature and intense pain can be expected. In the initial stages of decay and infection, it is possible that no symptoms would be present. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess (pimple-like inflammation on the gums) will form.
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Treatment for an Infected Tooth
Getting a root Canal Can Alleviate Pain
When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: pull the affected tooth or save it. When extracting a decayed or infected tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it will solve.
One problem that can occur is when a tooth is pulled toward the back of the mouth (premolars or molars), the tooth next to the extracted tooth will slowly lean forward over time. Imagine a picture of the leaning tower of Pisa and what can happen to a tooth next to an extracted tooth. The tooth can slowly lean over into the space left behind by the missing tooth. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative for full functionality to the tooth and mouth, and it will prevent future problems with the adjacent teeth.
The reasons a dentist will recommend root canal therapy include the following:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
- Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
Therapy and Treatment for a Root Canal
The restoration that root canal therapy provides will usually last a lifetime. It will provide full functionality back to your tooth and mouth. There may be a need in the future to retreat the tooth, but this would only be necessary if a new, separate infection arose.
Our team of doctors is highly skilled in these types of procedures. We can also save you money and time since you will not need to be referred out to a specialist in most cases, which is more costly and inconvenient.
Our office is in a convenient location in Phoenix and borders Scottsdale. Please feel free to give us a call for more details on how we can help improve your dental health. You may also book an appointment online with us now.