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By Superstition Mountain Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Although you may not often consider it, beneath your teeth is an intricate system of roots and canals that contains a myriad of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. Keeping all of these parts in tiptop shape is a crucial part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. After all, much how like your tooth can be damaged, your root canals can likewise become damaged and require root canal treatment.

Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, your dentists, Drs. Jonathan Lovell and Matthew Scheerhorn, use a combination of crowns and root canal therapy to save your smile when issues arise.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

Depending on how deep the root canal infection extends, your dentist might recommend either a pulpectomy or apicoectomy. With a pulpectomy, you’ll be given antibiotics first to help minimize the infection and ease pain before the actual procedure. On the other hand, your dentist might suggest an apicoectomy if the infection has spread beyond your root tip to remove the infected root tip and clear the infection.

So what happens during a root canal? In a nutshell, the infected root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and then sealed afterward to avoid future infections from setting into your pulp or nerve tissue. The last step will include further restoration procedures. During a consultation at our Gold Canyon office, we will discuss which specific restoration, whether crowns or crowns with posts, is best for you. Since teeth that require root canal treatments typically have extensive decay or huge filings, restorations are needed to restore their full function, protect them, and prevent breakage.

What Happens If I Don’t Undergo a Root Canal?

If you fail to get the infected pulp or nerve tissue treated, it will eventually break down and enable bacteria to cause an infection in your throat, jaw, face, or ear as well. This means that prompt treatment is necessary to avoid more complex and costly procedures.

What to Do If You Have an Infected Root Canal

If you suspect that you have an infected root canal, you should consult Dr. Jonathan Lovell or Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, ASAP. Dial (480) 671-7777 to schedule your consultation today

By Superstition Mountain Dental
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhornroot canal Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, offer comfortable, efficient root canal treatments. They offer patients the latest in endodontic treatments. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1- A Toothache- The most common symptom that may indicate the need for root canal therapy is a toothache. Its level may range from mild to severe. The pain may affect your ability to enjoy a full night's sleep. Root canal treatment will alleviate your tooth pain and improve your well-being.

2- Hot/Cold Sensitivity- Some people are naturally sensitive to hot and cold beverages and foods. However, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods may be a sign of tooth pulp damage. Nerve damage causes tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.

3- Bump on the Gum- A pimple-like bump that forms on the gum is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. This pimple-like bump will often go away and then come back. Contact your Gold Canyon dentist if you notice a small pimple-like bump on your gum.

4- Tooth Discoloration- Tooth discoloration is common, particularly in those who use tobacco and drink coffee. However, one severely discolored tooth may be a sign that root canal therapy is needed.

5- Swollen Gums- Gum inflammation is a sign that nerve damage is present. Gum inflammation can indicate decay within a tooth, which has spread into the gum via the root of the tooth. The swelling will not subside until you have root canal therapy. Root canal therapy will return your tooth to full function.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Superstition Mountain Dental at 480-671-7777 right now to schedule an appointment in Gold Canyon, AZ. We can provide all the relief you need. You have nothing to lose but your pain!