Are you experiencing pain in one or more teeth? Have you noticed an increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods? You may have an infected tooth that requires immediate attention.
The pulp is the soft tissue and the nerves that extend down through the internal channels of the tooth. If the nerves or other soft tissues become damaged, they will cause a painful infection in the tooth. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess that results in swelling, tooth loss, and bone deterioration.
Root canal treatment is performed in order to save an infected tooth. It can be a perfectly comfortable procedure when you find a compassionate and experienced dentist like Dr. Ron Thompson at East Valley Dental Care or Scottsdale Dental Care.
What to Expect from your Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure often requires one or two visits. First, our specialist will take digital x-rays to determine if the inner pulp of the tooth is indeed infected. If he determines that a root canal is necessary, you can expect the following from a root canal procedure:
- First and foremost, our experts will ensure your comfort. A local anesthetic will prevent pain during the procedure, and dental sedation can help you relax. Take advantage of our patient amenities to make your experience the best it can be, and never be afraid to ask questions!
- The dentist will create a small opening in the tooth and remove the infected tissue, pulp, and nerves.
- He will fill the interior of the tooth with a protective medication and then place a temporary filling or sealant compound.
- Finally, your dentist will place a dental crown to restore the tooth to its optimal appearance and function.
Dr. Thompson’s first priority is to make his patients feel comfortable and welcome here at East Valley Dental Care and Scottsdale Dental Care. We hope that you will take care of yourself and your oral health by becoming a part of our dental family. Give us a call to schedule your friendly consultation today!