You Don’t Have to Live with Tooth Pain– Discover Painless Root Canal Therapy
Are you experiencing excruciating tooth pain when biting or chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or discoloration of your tooth? These symptoms may indicate that your tooth roots are infected, and without prompt root canal treatment, the infection can spread to other teeth and even damage your jawbone.
At TLC Gor Gums, Dr. Gordon Wilson, one of the best dentists in Phoenix, AZ, provides gentle and painless root canal therapy to help patients get their health back on track. We welcome patients from Central City, Midtown, and Tempe.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal treatment eliminates infection and decay within a tooth’s root canal system. When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause excruciating pain, swelling, and even abscesses. Without prompt treatment, the infection can spread to other teeth, causing further damage and even tooth loss. That’s why timely treatment is essential to your health.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy has numerous benefits, including:
- Pain Relief: Root canal therapy can provide immediate relief from tooth pain and sensitivity.
- Saving Your Tooth: A root canal treatment can save your tooth from extraction, avoiding costly dental implants.
- Improved Oral Health: By eliminating infection and decay, root canal therapy can help improve oral health and prevent further damage.
- Restored Functionality: After a root canal treatment, you can bite and chew without discomfort, restoring your tooth’s functionality.
- Aesthetics: A root canal treatment can also improve the appearance of your teeth by restoring their natural color and preventing further discoloration.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe tooth pain when eating or applying pressure to the affected tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers after the source of the temperature has been removed.
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth.
- A recurring pimple on the gums near the affected tooth.
If you experience these symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Wilson can evaluate your case and determine if root canal therapy is necessary to save your tooth and protect your oral health.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Examination and Diagnosis
During your initial appointment, Dr. Gordon Wilson will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and whether root canal therapy is necessary.
Before beginning the procedure, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
Removing the Infected Pulp
Dr. Wilson will then create a small opening in the top of the tooth and use specialized tools to remove the infected or inflamed pulp inside the tooth.
Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canals
After the pulp has been removed, Dr. Wilson will use small files to clean and shape the root canals to prepare them for filling.
Filling the Root Canals
Dr. Wilson will then fill the root canals with a filling material to prevent further infection and strengthen the tooth. Once the root canals have been filled, Dr. Wilson will seal the opening in the tooth with a temporary filling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is root canal therapy painful?
Many associate root canal therapy with pain and discomfort, but modern techniques and anesthesia have made the procedure relatively painless. During the procedure, you’ll receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth so you won’t feel pain during the treatment. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long does root canal therapy take?
The duration of a root canal therapy procedure depends on the severity of the infection and the complexity of the tooth’s anatomy. Generally, a root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments, each lasting between 60 and 90 minutes.
How long does root canal therapy recovery take?
Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after a root canal treatment. Some patients may experience discomfort or sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, and symptoms should subside within a few days.
Does insurance cover root canal therapy?
Many dental insurance plans cover root canal therapy, but the extent of coverage depends on your plan. Ask your dental office if they can help you understand your coverage and work with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits.
Timely Root Canal Therapy Cuts Costs and Protects Your Smile
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, don’t wait to seek treatment. Delaying treatment can lead to further damage and potential tooth loss. With root canal therapy, Dr. Gordon Wilson can help alleviate your pain and save your tooth from extraction.
Trust in his expertise and knowledge to provide the best care for your oral health. Call our Phoenix, AZ, at 480-661-4867 to schedule your root canal treatment consultation. You can also book appointments online by filling out our convenient contact form.