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Truth about root canals (treatment) in Chandler, AZ

Aquila Dental combines warm, relationship-based care with advanced technologies to keep Chandler, AZ area patients’ smiles healthy. Oral health often goes hand in hand with appealing smiles, and with comfortable brushing, flossing, eating, and other functions. As recommended by the American Dental Association, we encourage patients to visit us at least two times each year. So, we can detect problems before they cause symptoms that require more invasive, restorative care. However, if you are already noticing changes, such as dark spots on your teeth and sensitivity or pain when you bite down, contact us immediately.

Depending on your needs, “root canals” may be the only way to preserve a badly damaged tooth.

Fear-free dentistry

First things first, Dr. Richard Higgs recommends the most conservative treatment to resolve the oral health problem at hand; for instance, why place a full-coverage crown when a partial crown (onlay) can restore the tooth while preserving maximum natural tooth structure? Root canal therapy is also the conservative alternative to tooth loss. Extraction is almost always a last resort procedure, with the notable exception of wisdom teeth. As vestigial organs, wisdom teeth are not necessary for health and function. But they can present problems when they do not develop properly.

You may be a candidate for root canal treatment if the center or inner part of the tooth is damaged. Underneath the hard structure of each tooth is a soft pulp tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. If this innermost structure becomes infected or inflamed due to tooth decay or other trauma, root canal treatment may be necessary to “save” the natural tooth. While the term “root canal” can inspire dread, modern techniques and products support a comfortable, straightforward process. Dr. Richard Higgs also offers many advanced technologies for your utmost comfort, from laser dentistry to safe sedation.

The actual process of nonsurgical root canal treatment is little more extensive than a dental filling, and goes something like this:

  • The trouble tooth is numbed
  • The innermost part of the numbed tooth is accessed – you will not feel anything!
  • Decayed tissue is removed from the tooth
  • The insides of the tooth are cleaned
  • The root canals that contain the tissue and hold the teeth in place are shaped
  • The treatment site is filled with gutta percha material, sealing off the area and preventing reinfection

Generally, the site is further protected with a temporary crown. As the tooth heals, your permanent crown is made in a lab. In line with our philosophy, we also offer same-day crowns made from quality dental ceramic. These CEREC crowns are made while you wait – no need for a temporary, a return trip, or the wait for your permanent crown.

Do not wait for problems to arise before calling us. Schedule your appointment today to avoid the discomfort, time, and expense that is associated with resolving more extensive oral health conditions.