A dental infection can cause a severe toothache, chronic bad breath, gum abscesses, and many other symptoms. Without proper treatment, these problems will only grow worse, and the infection will eventually destroy your entire tooth. Root canal therapy at our Glendale, AZ practice is typically the most effective treatment for an infected tooth. During this procedure, Dr. Shahin Dabestani, DMD, will remove all infected tissues and restore your tooth with a custom-made crown. Many believe that root canal therapy will be extremely unpleasant. However, at Desert Palm Dentistry we offer gentle, minimal discomfort care. Plus, with the use of CEREC® technology, Dr. Dabestani can often complete your treatment in a single visit.
Contact our Glendale dental office today to learn more about root canals and how this treatment can benefit you.
How Does a Tooth Become Infected?
When oral bacteria interact with starches, they will form acids, which will eat away at your dental enamel. In time, a cavity will develop. If the decay goes untreated, bacteria will eventually infect the soft inner pulp. Your dental nerves run from this central area down through your root canals. Therefore, when the pulp is infected, the bacteria will quickly spread all along the roots into your jawbone. A cracked tooth can also become infected, since the opening will give bacteria access to the deeper tissues.
Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
A toothache is often the first and most obvious sign that you may need a root canal. This discomfort can take many different forms. In some cases, it may be constant and throbbing. In other instances, it may come and go, or it may manifest itself as a sharp, shooting pain. Often, your toothache will worsen in response to pressure, heat, or cold.
A gum abscess is another common indication of infection. This small sore will develop as bacteria travel down your dental root. The bacteria will then form a pocket in your gums at the tip of your tooth root. In most cases, the pimple-like sore will be quite painful. Occasionally, an abscess will not cause any discomfort.
Chronic bad breath is another common symptom of a dental infection. You may also have a single tooth that suddenly becomes discolored from the inside.
The Importance of Root Canal Therapy
If you notice any of the symptoms of a dental infection, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. First, of course, root canal therapy can eliminate your discomfort and restore your dental function. As the bacteria spread, they will decimate your tooth. Without timely care, you will eventually need to have the tooth removed. Root canal therapy can also prevent serious health concerns. Without appropriate care, your infection could spread to your other teeth, your gums, and even your jawbone.
Contact us today in 623-915-9700 to learn more about root canals and how this treatment can benefit you.
What Happens during a Root Canal?
Before root canal therapy, Dr. Dabestani will numb your tooth and the nearby gum tissue. Then he will create a tiny opening in the top of your tooth, through which he can remove all bacteria and infected tissues. He will also clean out and reshape your root canals. In some cases, he may treat the inside of your tooth with an antibiotic to eliminate bacteria completely.
Next Dr. Dabestani will fill your tooth with gutta percha. This soft, rubber-like substance will match the shade of your tooth. It will never show through, so your tooth will stay white and natural-looking for years to come. Then Dr. Dabestani will take impressions of your tooth. In some cases, he will send these off to our dental lab, where ceramists will create your crown. Whenever possible, however, he will use our CEREC® system to create same-day crowns. He will take 3-D digital scans of your tooth, which he can use to design your crown on a chairside computer. Our on-site milling machine will then use these images to produce your restoration in an hour or less. Dr. Dabestani will attach the crown, and you will leave the office with a fully restored smile.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Root canals have a reputation for being very lengthy and unpleasant. In reality, the treatment is comparable to receiving a filling. Dr. Dabestani uses very effective local anesthetic and gentle techniques, so you will only feel a slight pressure during your procedure. In addition, Dr. Dabestani is very skilled in the treatment of anxious patients. He knows how to put you at ease, and he offers plenty of amenities, such as music and movies, so you can relax during your visit.
Call our Glendale dental office at 623-915-9700 to schedule a consultation.
If you are struggling with a toothache or another symptom of dental infection, root canal therapy can end your discomfort and save your smile. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dabestani.