Root Canal Therapy Overview
When caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay has expanded past the enamel and infected the inner pulp of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Contemporary Dentistry removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the space, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen recommends a root canal to her Gilbert, AZ patients because it not only treats the infected tooth, it prevents the decay from spreading to other teeth and creating larger problems.
If you suspect you may need to have a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about having this procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people put off going to see a dentist for a toothache because of dental anxiety. Dr. Jacobsen and his team will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and relaxed naturally, but we also offer several methods of sedation dentistry for dental fears and anxieties. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about root canal therapy and sedation methods.
Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
An infection in the pulp of a tooth can be caused by a deep crack or cavity in the tooth, as well as a physical trauma. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Schedule an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry as soon as you feel or see something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect from Root Canal Therapy
Before starting the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with Dr. Jacobsen. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Many patients request nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Dr. Jacobsen is very understanding about dental anxieties and will help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Jacobsen will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inside of the empty chamber will be thoroughly sterilized to remove any lingering debris. Once your tooth is cleaned, it will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth. In most cases, a crown will be placed over the treated tooth to protect the tooth and blend with your natural teeth.
Recovery from Root Canal Therapy
Depending on what sedation was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your procedure. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for six months after your root canal. Dr. Jacobsen will check to see the infection is gone and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
Insurance Coverage for Root Canal Therapy
During your consultation, Dr. Jacobsen will go over cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you have dental insurance, we can contact your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, our office accepts many payment methods, including monthly memberships through our Smiles Club, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
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Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a fast, easy process to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Contemporary Dentistry can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our office in Gilbert, AZ to schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Jacobsen for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.