Root Canal Treatment in Scottsdale
Root canal treatment is a procedure that's necessary to save an infected or abscessed tooth from extraction. If you are concerned about your root canal, put your worries to rest—at Serenity Smiles, your comfort is our number one priority.
Dr. David Eccker and Dr. Maria Goff are experienced dentists in Scottsdale, AZ who are committed to your comfort with every procedure they provide. Their skill and experience, combined with powerful anesthetics, updated technology, and relaxing dental sedation, ensure your root canal will be easy and efficient.
Why You Need a Root Canal
We recommend root canal treatment to remove diseased tissue and relieve discomfort when a tooth becomes infected. Performing a root canal also keeps the tooth's structure intact and restores its function. After we place a final crown or filling on the tooth, you can go back to enjoying the same function as you had before the tooth infection.
If you have been told you need root canal treatment, please don't put off the procedure hoping the infection will go away on its own—it won't. Worse yet, left untreated, an infection can severely comprise the tooth and even lead to systemic infection.
Comfortable, Stress-Free Root Canals
At Serenity Smiles, our dentists approach your dental treatment with your utmost comfort and safety in mind. We offer stress-reducing amenities like a coffee bar, blankets, pillows, ceiling-mounted TVs, and a warm towel after treatment.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry in Scottsdale, our options include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Our dental team will ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable and that your appointment is as painless and pleasant as possible.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection
Aside from an excruciating toothache, it's good to know what the other symptoms of an infected tooth are:
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Pain that radiates to your face
- A lump or bump on the gums
- A dark or discolored tooth
- Extreme, lingering sensitivity to touch and temperature
- A foul taste or odor in your mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, call our Scottsdale dentists right away at (480) 400-5000.
What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
There is no reason to fear root canal treatment. Once you are settled and comfortable in the dental chair, we use potent local anesthetics to numb your tooth and provide instant relief.
We use leading-edge rotary endodontic technology to comfortably remove the infected tissue precisely and efficiently. Next, we place a filling material inside the tooth to prevent reinfection and then place a temporary filling to protect the tooth during healing.
In the day or two following root canal treatment, it's common to experience some soreness. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen should be all you need to find relief.
After Your Root Canal
We'll schedule a return appointment with Dr. Eccker two weeks after your procedure. He will check for proper healing, then place a dental crown or composite filling on the tooth to protect it.
With proper care that includes diligent oral hygiene and preventive exams and cleanings every six months, a root-canaled tooth can continue to give you many years of service.