Root Canal

Dobson Warner Dentistry

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chandler, AZ

No one wants to have a root canal, but when they’re necessary, you need care from the experts at Dobson Warner Dentistry in Chandler, Arizona. Hai Trang, DDS, provides gentle, compassionate care to restore your dental health and save your tooth. For the best dental care, call for an appointment, or use the online scheduler to book online.

Root Canal Q & A

Dobson Warner Dentistry

What is a root canal?

When your tooth is infected or abscessed, it compromises the pulp, or heart, of a tooth. To keep from losing your tooth, Dr, Trang performs a root canal procedure to replace the pulp with medical-quality rubber packing.

Root canals are the last resort for saving a tooth that has been damaged by infection, decay, or injury.

What are the symptoms that I may need a root canal?

When you need a root canal, there are a few telltale symptoms to watch out for, such as:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling in the jaw or cheek
  • Foul odor from the tooth
  • Bitter drainage from the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, and pressure

Don’t suffer needlessly when any of these symptoms are present. Root canals quickly relieve the pain from infection and decay.

What should I expect during a root canal treatment?

With great care and skill, Dr. Tang opens the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. He uses small instruments to gently remove all the damaged pulp and thoroughly clean each canal.

When the canals are pristine, he fills them with a medical-grade rubber material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha seals the root and keeps it separated from the nerves in your bones.

If necessary, Dr. Trang may top the tooth with a protective crown.

What happens after a root canal treatment?

The treated area will be sore and sensitive for a few days and possibly up to a week, but the pain from the infection will be gone. You may have some swelling, too, but it will quickly subside.

How should I care for a tooth that has had a root canal?

Until your crown is placed, you’ll need to take precaution with sticky or hard foods. Otherwise, caring for a tooth that’s had a root canal is exactly the same as your other teeth. You’ll need to brush, floss, and maintain regular dental check-ups.

When you need urgent relief from pain or want to know more about how a root canal can preserve a tooth, call Dobson Warner Dentistry for an appointment, or use the easy online scheduler to book online.