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Root Canal

Uptown Dental & Orthodontics

General Dentist & Orthodontics located in Phoenix, AZ

If you’re experiencing severe pain in your tooth or having sensitivity issues when eating or drinking, you might need a root canal. The professional team at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, led by Dariene Lazore, DMD, performs root canals with the highest level of care and expertise. They also make you comfortable during the procedure. Call the practice today to book an appointment, or use the online booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a surgical treatment that removes severe decay from your infected tooth. The goal at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics is to preserve your tooth to save it from extraction. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible if you're experiencing pain or showing signs of infection in your tooth.

Why do I need a root canal?

If your tooth is infected, you typically experience alarming pain that tells you something is wrong. Signs to look for include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Throbbing in your gums or jaw
  • Inflamed gums
  • Unpleasant breath odor
  • Oozing pus around your tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on your gum
  • Tooth soreness when chewing

If you suspect that your tooth is infected, call Uptown Dental & Orthodontics right away for an exam. A root canal can save your tooth.

What’s it like to get a root canal?

Before recommending a root canal, your dentist takes a digital X-ray to find out the shape of the root canal and confirm an infection is present. At Uptown Dental & Orthodontics, the team aims to eliminate your pain quickly and help save your tooth.

Once you’re ready for the procedure, your dentist at Uptown Dental & Orthodontics performs your root canal in one visit on the day of your appointment.

Your dentist offers nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax and have a painless experience during your treatment and to put you at ease. You also receive local anesthesia to deaden your nerves. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist removes the nerve and pulp, cleans the area, and seals the interior of your tooth. 

What happens after my root canal procedure?

After treatment, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days, which is normal. If you have any swelling, you can take over-the-counter ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. For a full restoration, you need a filling or a crown. However, the crown is the preferred option for maintaining the strength and protection of your tooth, and to also help avoid future issues.

Your dentist advises practicing good oral hygiene to protect your tooth and to prevent further treatments.

If you’re having tooth pain, visit Uptown Dental & Orthodontics for an exam to find out if you need a root canal to relieve your pain. Call the office today or book an appointment online.