Dental infections can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience, but there’s no need to suffer any longer than necessary. Root canal therapy at our Mesa, AZ practice provides a safe, gentle, and effective way of treating painful dental infections . You may hear the word “root canal” and immediately jump to worst-case scenarios. However, at Value Dental Centers Mesa our trained professionals are equipped with local anesthesia and expert techniques. In addition, with our chairside milling machines, we can quickly save your smile and relieve your pain. We also know that dental infections can happen when you least at expect it. For this reason, we provide emergency care, including same-day appointments in many cases.
How to Know if Root Canal Therapy is Right for You
As stated above, dental infections can cause a lot of discomfort, and they can affect your overall health. When your toothache first develops, it is important to schedule an appointment right away. With timely care, we can locate the source of the problem and treat it with conservative methods. In many cases, you may only have a cavity and require a filling. If left untreated, however, that cavity could turn into a serious dental infection. Bacteria will travel from the soft pulp in the middle of your tooth down to the roots. In turn, you will require a more in-depth treatment, such as root canal therapy.
Signs of a dental infection include:
- Localized pain or discomfort radiating across your lower face
- Increased pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum inflammation or abcesses
- Darkened tooth
What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy
If your toothache continues for more than a day or two, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. During this visit, your doctor will do a full evaluation and review all of your treatment options.
Once he or she has decided that root canal therapy is the right procedure for you, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. We understand that you may experience some anxiety as you prepare for your treatment. That is why we also offer IV sedation if you need help relaxing in the dental chair. At Value Dental Centers Mesa, we want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during any procedure that you have with us.
After sedation has taken effect and your tooth is completely numb, your dentist will create a small opening in the top or back of your tooth. This opening will allow him or her to access and remove the infected tissue. Once removed, your dentist will then reshape the inside of your tooth and root canals. Then he or she will fill it with a soft rubber compound known as gutta percha. Finally, your dentist will use our state-of-the-art chairside milling system to create your custom dental crown right there in our office. Usually this process takes an hour or less. Your dentist will then use composite resin to set your crown securely on your tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy can literally save your smile by eliminating dental infection immediately. If this problem goes untreated, you may face severe oral health developments, such as multiple tooth infections that require extraction. In even more serious cases, you could develop a jaw infection. In turn, bone infections can cause long-term damage or even life-threatening complications. It’s important to schedule a consultation with us if you think you are in need of treatment. By safely and effectively eliminating bacteria, our treatment can protect your smile and, in some cases, even save your life.
In addition, root canal therapy can restore your dental function. After your appointment, you should be able to enjoy a full range of foods without any discomfort. Plus, thanks to our modern materials and custom-made crowns, our treatment can restore the look of your smile, as well.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are in pain, there’s no need to suffer any longer. Contact our office today so we can help relieve your pain and save your smile.