Root Canal Therapy in Chandler
The pulp inside each tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Whenever the pulp becomes infected, it can result in severe pain and swelling. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth, seriously affecting your overall oral health. When in infection develops in a tooth, there are typically two treatment options: root canal therapy or extraction. Dr. Mark Arooni can perform root canal therapy in Chandler to eliminate the source of infection and prevent the need for tooth removal.
What Causes Tooth Infection?
There are several reasons why a tooth may become infected. You may require root canal therapy if you have:
- Deep dental decay
- A large fracture
- Experienced direct trauma or injury to a tooth
- Had repeated dental procedures performed on the same tooth
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
If a tooth becomes infected, it may exhibit any number of warning signs and symptoms. You could need root canal therapy if you have:
- Pain or sensitivity when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- A darkened or discolored tooth
- Prolonged heat or cold sensitivity
- A recurring or persistent fistula (pimple) on the gums
- Tenderness or swelling in the surrounding gum tissue
If you notice any of the warning signs listed above, schedule a consultation with your dentist right away. In some cases, patients may not experience any symptoms. That is why it is important to visit your dentist on a routine basis.
Root Canal Therapy in Chandler: What to Expect during the Procedure
Root canal therapy is typically completed in two office visits at Mark Arooni DDS in Chandler. General steps include:
- First appointment: To begin, Dr. Arooni administers local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth and surrounding gums. Next, he creates an access hole in the tooth and carefully removes the blood vessels, nerves, and infected tissues from the pulp chamber and root canals. Once the inflamed tissue is removed, the inside of the tooth is scrubbed and disinfected using tiny dental instruments. At this point, Dr. Arooni may place medication inside the tooth to help clear up any residual infection, or he may simply fill and seal the tooth to prevent further contamination.
- Second appointment: During your next visit, the inside of the tooth will be filled if it was not completed at the last appointment. In many cases, a crown is also placed to restore your bite and reinforce the weakened tooth structure.
Healing and Recovery
Following root canal therapy, patients should feel relief. There may be some slight tenderness or soreness around the affected tooth. These side effects typically diminish within a few days and can be mitigated with over-the-counter pain relievers. In most cases, individuals can return to work and other routine activities the following day.
To maintain the health of your treated tooth, brush and floss as you normally would and continue to attend all scheduled dental cleanings and examinations. Root canal therapy has an over 95 percent success rate. In fact, with proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
If you suspect you might have an infected tooth, schedule a visit at Mark Arooni DDS in Chandler today. During an initial consultation at our office, he can help determine if this treatment is right for you. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, contact us online or call our office at (480) 855-1200.