You may think of a root canal is something you should avoid at all costs, but modern root canals don’t deserve their outdated bad reputation. This tooth-saving procedure causes the same level of discomfort as a filling. Family dentist Richard Higgs, DDS, performs root canal therapy to repair damaged, decayed, or infected teeth at Aquila Dental in Chandler, Arizona. Don’t let your toothache wait. Request an appointment online or schedule over the phone today.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to treat infected or damaged dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of your teeth made up of nerves and tissues. When you undergo a root canal, your dentist removes the pulp from the affected tooth, then fills and reseals it.

If your tooth is in danger, a root canal can restore it to good health and function. Your dentist usually completes the restoration with a crown or filler. 

When is a root canal necessary?

Certain situations increase your likelihood of dental pulp infection, including:

  • Severe decay
  • Repeated dental work on one tooth
  • A tooth injury

You may not realize you have tooth decay or a dental pulp infection, especially in the early stages, when there are minimal or no symptoms. The best way to detect dental problems before they become serious is to get regular dental checkups at Aquila Dental.

Schedule an appointment right away if you develop any of these problems:

  • A severe toothache
  • Tooth pain in response to hot or cold
  • Gum swelling or tenderness
  • Pimple on the gums near your affected tooth
  • Discolored teeth

The sooner you get treatment, including a root canal, the better chance you have at keeping your tooth.

Why get a root canal instead of having my tooth pulled? 

If you’re experiencing problems with one of your teeth, you may think about having it pulled, or extracted, instead of undergoing a root canal. Many people think of root canals as uniquely painful and may avoid them for that reason.

In fact, modern root canals cause about the same amount of discomfort as having a cavity filled, and are far less uncomfortable than an extraction. Also, root canals relieve the pain caused by dental pulp infections. If you feel anxious about the procedure, or would like to sleep through it, Aquila Dental offers sedation dentistry.

Root canals save your natural teeth, which is always the best option. Even one missing tooth can cause complications, and while it’s possible to replace missing teeth with an implant or dentures, there’s no substitute for your healthy natural teeth.

To schedule an appointment at Aquila Dental, call the office or use the online booking tool today.