Root Canal Treatment in Oro Valley, AZ
If you experience severe pain while chewing or suffer from a chronic toothache, don’t ignore the symptoms. Call Oro Valley Dental Group to schedule a consultation today.
Our teeth are coated with a hard material called enamel, which protects the teeth from damage due to wear and tear or infection. Beneath the hard enamel is an inner chamber containing nerves and soft connective tissue that flows from the center of the tooth to the base of the root.
The hard outer enamel of the tooth can wear down over time due to acid produced by plaque buildup and food particles, creating a hole or cavity in the tooth. The first course of treatment for a cavity is a dental filling. However, if the decay has traveled too far into the tooth, the inner soft tissue – or tooth pulp – will be exposed and vulnerable to infection. This is when root canal therapy from your dentist at Oro Valley Dental Group is required to repair the tooth and prevent further damage.
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What Is A Root Canal?
If tooth decay penetrates the enamel and reaches the inner soft tissue, inflammation and infection will follow. A tooth abscess or infection can be extremely painful and, if left untreated, will threaten the health of the tooth, the gums, and the patient. Root canal therapy will save the tooth, which otherwise would need to be extracted.
What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?
Root canal procedures have a bad rap. They are presumed painful and commonly regarded with trepidation. In reality, there is minimal discomfort involved in a root canal due to the use of local anesthesia. The pain of a tooth infection is far worse than a root canal treatment, which will eliminate the pain and restore the integrity of the tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist at Oro Valley Dental Group will order a series of x-rays to get a complete picture of the affected tooth and peripheral bone. This imaging shows the exact location and depth of the decay.
At the start of the procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the tooth and gums. Next, a dental dam is placed over the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Once the site is numbed, your Oro Valley dentist will drill a hole in the top of the tooth to access the decayed area within the chamber. They will then thoroughly clean the interior of the tooth, remove the decay, and fill the tooth with a biocompatible material to restore the structure of the tooth.
The final step in the procedure is to cement a dental crown over the root to add reinforcement and restore functionality, which is done at a later appointment.
Call Oro Valley Dental Group Today
Don’t take your oral health for granted. If you suffer from chronic tooth pain and live in Oro Valley, AZ, or the surrounding areas, Oro Valley Dental Group wants to help. Please call our office today at (520) 594-0643 to set up an appointment.