Root Canal Q&A

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Root Canal services offered in Mesa AZ

A crack in your tooth or an untreated cavity can lead to an infection in the pulp. In addition to causing discomfort and swelling, that infection can create problems that may reach beyond your smile. If you have a toothache or just sensitivity, call Arizona Dental Heights at (480) 525-6000 or use our online booking tool to request a visit. One of our team members will schedule you for a root canal in Mesa, Arizona, with our dentist, Alok Ahlawat DMD.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a form of endodontic therapy that treats the dental pulp — the innermost layer of your tooth — in cases of infection or damage. 

If untreated, severe tooth infection or damage generally leads to tooth extraction and replacement using dental implants, dentures, or other restorations. But, with a root canal, you can preserve your natural tooth.

What does a root canal involve?

Arizona Dental Heights uses specialized numbing and sedation protocols to ensure your comfort during root canal treatment. Initial treatment includes making a small hole in the tooth to remove decay and disinfect the inside of the tooth.  

They shape the middle of your tooth and fill it with a medicated material that protects your oral health. 

Next, you'll get a custom crown that covers the entire treated tooth. Because Arizona Dental Heights offers CEREC same-day dental restorations in the office, your root canal procedure may take just one visit. 

Why are dental crowns needed after a root canal?

A root canal removes badly diseased or damaged blood vessels and nerve tissue from the middle of your tooth. But this makes the tooth weaker and more vulnerable to damage and injury. 

Therefore, after a root canal, a dental crown protects your weakened tooth after treatment, making it just as strong as it was before the disease or the damage.  

What types of tooth issues require a root canal?

Arizona Dental Heights may recommend a root canal in situations such as:

  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Tooth trauma
  • Severe tooth decay under the enamel
  • Multiple past dental procedures on a tooth

If you experience symptoms like serious tooth pain or sensitivity, or if your tooth darkens or loosens suddenly, it's important to schedule a visit to Arizona Dental Heights as soon as possible. 

By acting fast, you may be able to have a root canal to save your tooth instead of losing it to extraction.

Root canal treatment is an advanced and painless procedure. Schedule your root canal consultation by calling the Arizona Dental Heights office or clicking the online booking link.