Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Phoenix, AZ

Root canal therapy has an unfair reputation with patients because they fear discomfort. It's important to realize that it's actually the days leading up to root canal treatment that are painful. Root canal therapy will help relieve painful symptoms and save your tooth! In reality, the procedure itself should feel no different than a common filling.

Symptoms Leading to Root Canal Treatment

As with all conditions, symptoms can vary wildly from patient to patient. Here are some of the most common signs that you may need a root canal to protect your oral health:

  • Swelling in the jaw or face
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pain when you lie down
  • Discoloration of your tooth
  • A small pimple-like lesion on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot foods and beverages
  • Pain when chewing or placing pressure on the tooth

The technological advances that helps us determine if a tooth is alive or dead, is very important in root canal therapy. If we can get to a tooth and fix it before it has broken that tooth will last to patient a long time. Root canals are such common place anymore it’s as if we’re doing a filling restoration. It’s easy, it’s painless if we catch it early enough.

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t wait to call us. Acting fast may make all the difference when it comes to saving your tooth. When left untreated, the infection inside your tooth can progress to the point where an extraction becomes necessary.

Root Canal Therapy

As with all procedures in our office, we want you to feel comfortable and will make sure you are numb so you don’t feel a thing.

Dr. Ehlers will start by making a tiny access into your tooth. He will then use our high-tech root canal equipment to gently remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from inside the root canals of your tooth.

Next, he will place a medication that will keep the infection from reoccurring and also promotes proper healing. He will fill the canals of your tooth with a rubber-like material and seal the access point with a temporary filling.

Your body’s natural immune response will kick in and assist in the healing process.

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