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Are you about to restore your tooth’s health with a root canal treatment? If so, good for you! You’re on your way to a strong and successful oral health. Sometimes root canal therapy scares patients. If this is the case for you, there is no need to feel nervous or anxious. Oftentimes these feelings arise because you don’t know much about the treatment. So, to help you, Dr. Joe Gerard is happy to answer some frequently asked questions about root canal treatment in Phoenix, Arizona.

Why would I need a root canal?

Sometimes the tooth’s dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This could cause severe discomfort. If it’s not treated quickly, tooth extraction might be the only option. Oftentimes deep tooth decay, repeated dental treatments, a crack, or a blow to the face could create the need for root canal treatment.

What are some symptoms of needing a root canal?       

Some common symptoms include swelling and tenderness in the nearby oral tissues, severe pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and tooth discoloration. However, there are times when there are no symptoms at all.

What is the process of root canal therapy?

The root canal treatment process is quite simple, but it oftentimes requires more than one appointment. Your dentist will first remove the internal pulp. Then, he will clean the insides of the tooth to make sure everything is healthy. When he is done, he will fill the tooth and cover it with a dental crown.

Call Arizona Dental today at 602-788-4040 if you have any questions or if you would like to know how to prepare for your treatment. Our dental team is here to assist you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!