Root Canal Therapy
The innermost layer of a tooth is called the pulp – it contains the living tissues that nurture the tooth. When physical trauma or extensive decay allow an infection to penetrate all the way into the pulp, it threatens the health of the tooth.
Each year, dentists like Dr. Gioia in Phoenix use root canal therapy to save millions of damaged teeth from extraction. We use special tools to remove the damaged pulp, so the infection won’t spread to other areas of the jaw, face, or head. Then we’ll restore the tooth with a porcelain crown so it looks and feels like new.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
The root canal therapy process begins when Dr. Gioia numbs the affected tooth with a local anesthetic. Then he uses a small sheet of latex called a dental dam to isolate the tooth and keep it clean during the procedure.
Next, Dr. Gioia will use microscope technology to create a tiny hole in the tooth in order to remove the infected pulp. The extreme magnification we get using microscopic-assisted root canal therapy allows us to work on tiny structures, minimizing your pain and dramatically reducing your recovery time.
After the infected pulp is removed, a rubbery substance called gutta-percha will be inserted into the tooth to take the place of the removed pulp.
Following root canal therapy, Dr. Gioia will use a porcelain crown to restore the tooth to full function and protect it from further infection. Your crown is specially created to look just like your natural teeth.
Call Dr. Gioia Right Away If You Notice These Symptoms
How does the pulp inside a patient’s tooth become infected? When a tooth is cracked or broken due to physical trauma, it can allow harmful bacteria to penetrate the pulp, leading to infection.
Cavities that aren’t treated in a timely manner can also grow to the point where they cause the pulp to become infected.
Signs you may require root canal therapy include:
- Tooth becomes darker in color
- Swelling develops around the base of tooth
- Tooth is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- Chewing causes pain
Your Full-Service Dentist in Phoenix, AZ
Are you living with sever dental pain? Call Dr. Gioia at (602) 864-1984 right away to get the relief you need. Or, just fill out the contact form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.
And feel free to ask about our full array of dental services for the whole family, including our professional teeth whitening and our natural-looking dental implants.