8 Popular Questions About Root Canal Treatment

8 Popular Questions About Root Canal Treatment

We know that providing our patients with education and information about various dental procedures helps them prepare for treatment better than they can without having their questions answered. That’s why we answer the following most commonly asked questions we hear in our East Mesa, AZ dentist office.

Is a root canal procedure painful? What most patients realize is that root canal treatment helps to eliminate the pain they’d been experiencing – so they welcome the relief the procedure provides.

How many dental appointments are required to complete my root canal treatment? Although every patient will be different, most root canal treatments can be completed in one to two visits.

Which is best – getting my tooth pulled and living with the gap, or getting a dental implant? It’s never preferred to leave a space in your smile since a missing tooth can affect the alignment of your surrounding teeth and cause additional health concerns down the road.

What can I expect if I ignore getting root canal treatment? Your tooth will remain infected until you receive treatment. And if left untreated, the infection may spread and result in an abscess that can impact the structure of your jawbone and the surrounding tissue.

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth? The most common symptoms of an abscessed tooth are pain and swelling. However, you may also notice:

  • Fever
  • Bitter taste in your mouth
  • Tenderness in your gums
  • Foul breath odor
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

My dental pain is gone since I’ve taken the prescribed antibiotics – does that mean the infection is gone, too? Unfortunately, the answer is no. You should probably still perform a search for a “dentist near me” in East Mesa, AZ. Disappearing pain without treatment is an indication of dead pulp, but without root canal treatment, the infection remains alive and well.

I have dental anxiety – can root canal therapy be done under an aesthesia? Dental anxiety is a real concern for many patients. Our dental care team will listen to your concerns and provide solutions for any anxiety you may experience during the procedure.

Do I need to see an endodontist for treatment, or can my general dentist do it? Although endodontists have advanced education in root canal treatment, almost all general dentists also receive training for this procedure while in dental school. At Bella Via Dental, we provide the best dental care in Eastmark in East Mesa, and that includes root canal therapy. Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you today!

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