Before the treatment for root canals was developed, a diseased or injured tooth had to be extracted. Today, dentists treat and save millions of teeth each year with this effective procedure that is designed to treat infection or inflammation of the dental pulp. Root canals are simple, straightforward, relieve pain, and enable patients to avoid extractions. Many residents in Phoenix, Glendale, and across Arizona turn to Dr. Koppikar and his team at Biltmore Dental Center to relieve their pain and save their smiles.
The reason root canal treatment is necessary to save the tooth
If trauma or cavities allow bacteria to reach the dental pulp in the center of a tooth, it will become infected. The increased cellular activity and blood flow create pressure that cannot be released from the inside.
If the pulp of an affected tooth is still alive, it can cause prolonged pain when exposed to hot or cold food and beverages. It can frequently start hurting spontaneously without stimulus, even waking patients in the middle of the night.
If the pulp has died, a pocket of pus can form around the tip of the root, accumulating around the bacteria-infected tissue. A lump will form on the gums, and facial swelling may develop. Chewing or putting pressure on the tooth can be extremely painful.
If left untreated, the infection can spread, causing tooth loss and damaging the surrounding oral tissues.
Stop the pain and save the tooth
The process is very similar to having a tooth filled. After the area is thoroughly numbed, the doctor makes a small hole in the tooth, usually in the chewing surface. Using tiny instruments, the pulp and debris are removed. The area is cleaned and disinfected, and then filled. The doctor may recommend placing a dental crown on the treated tooth to provide added strength and protection.
Many people in Glendale and across Arizona enjoy healthy, beautiful, pain-free smiles, thanks to Dr. Sameet Koppikar and his skilled team. To enjoy the same level of care and oral health as they do, call (602) 954-8200, and schedule an appointment at Biltmore Dental Center today.