You woke up in the middle of the night with a throbbing, aching pain in your teeth. What’s going on? Our family dentist Dr. Matthew Roper understands just how stressful these moments can be, which is why our dental team offers immediate dentistry to those dealing with toothaches and serious dental matters. In this case, you may just need to get a root canal from our San Tan Valley, AZ, dental team.
What does a root canal do?
This commonly performed endodontic procedure will be performed if our San Tan Valley, AZ, family dentist finds that you have an infected dental pulp (a soft-tissue structure that lies within the tooth). The removal of the pulp will not affect the health or integrity of the tooth, but it is the only way to stop the spread of infection once bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth.
By performing a root canal when you need it, we can prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the tooth, as well as into neighboring bone and teeth. A root canal can also prevent permanent damage from befalling one of your teeth. In essence, this simple procedure preserves natural teeth whenever possible, which also saves you time and money.
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What are the warning signs of an infected dental pulp?
Some people with an infected or inflamed dental pulp could have it and not even know it. This is just one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups, as our dental team can catch these problems that you could easily miss. Of course, an infected dental pulp can also cause these telltale symptoms,
- A sudden and severe toothache
- A throbbing, aching or sharp toothache that gets worse when putting pressure on the tooth
- Increased or sudden lingering sensitivity
- Tender, swollen or painful gums around the tooth
- Sudden tooth darkening or discoloration (signs of tissue death within the tooth)
Our San Tan Valley, AZ, dental team prides itself on providing root canals and other dentistry with a gentle touch. If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental symptoms that have you concerned, call Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry right away at (480) 457-1977.
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