PRESCOTT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Prescott Dental Arts provides Root Canal treatment in Prescott, Arizona
Unlike most of the rest of the body, a tooth has a limited ability to repair itself. The inner part of a tooth is hollow and, it houses blood vessels and nerves that are referred to as the pulp. If the pulp of a tooth becomes irreversibly infected or damaged in any way, then it will die.
Endodontic therapy or root canal treatment can save the tooth. We believe in saving your teeth, if the prognosis is favorable, because it gives you many more options in the future to help maintain a healthy smile. Root canal therapy can be completed painlessly and with a high degree of success using today’s advanced techniques.
Root Canal Procedure
A Root Canal procedure consists of the following steps:
- First, the dentist will numb your gums with a jelly-like substance. After your gums are numb, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic that will completely numb the teeth, gums, tongue, and skin in that area. Sometimes nitrous oxide gas will be used to reduce pain and help you relax.
- The dentist may separate the decayed tooth from the other teeth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. This protective rubber sheet also helps stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.
- The dentist will use a drill and other tools to remove the pulp from the tooth and will fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line with medicines, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling.
- After the root canal, a permanent filling or crown (cap) is often needed. If a crown is needed, the dentist removes the decay, and then makes an impression of the tooth. A technician uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly matches the drilled tooth.
- The tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place.
- After a root canal, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off. Later you may experience a throbbing pain, which you can treat with pain medicines, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or a stronger prescription painkiller.
- The pain usually lasts only a day or two.
Typically, endodontic therapy is a safe and simple procedure done in one or two visits. It can save your diseased or injured tooth with little or no discomfort. The only alternative to endodontic therapy is to extract the infected, diseased or injured tooth. If the infected tooth must be removed, Dental Implants are an option for maintaining dental aesthetics.
An infected tooth is a serious condition and must be treated promptly to avoid tooth loss and the spreading of infection to other teeth. If you are concerned about an infected or abscessed tooth, we urge you contact us promptly.
Call us at (928) 445-8980