Root Canal Therapy – Phoenix, AZ

Heal Painful
Tooth Infections

Man with healthy smile after root canal therapy

At Devoted Family Dental Phoenix, the dentists and their staff want you to disregard just about everything you have heard about a root canal. Why? Because we know that most of the information is either false or exaggerated. The truth is a root canal is a common dental procedure that eliminates the pain of an infected tooth, prevents the spread of infection and may just help you avoid the need for tooth extraction. Most importantly, root canal therapy in our Phoenix, AZ dental office is not painful!

Why Choose Devoted Family Dental Phoenix for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Experienced Dentists Performing Your Procedure
  • Restorations Made from Tooth-Colored Materials
  • Save Your Tooth and Stop Your Discomfort

What is a Root Canal?

Animated smile in need of root canal therapy

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is designed to remove infection from deep inside a tooth. Once this step is completed, the tooth is sealed and prepared for a porcelain crown that will protect the remaining tooth structure.

How Does Tooth
Infection Happen?

X-ray of smile after root canal therapy

To understand how a tooth can become infected in the first place, we first need to examine the structure of a tooth. Each tooth consists of three layers. The outermost layer is called enamel. This extremely hard surface gives your smile an attractive sheen.

Below the enamel is dentin, a somewhat softer and slightly porous material. At the center of each tooth is the pulp chamber. Here, blood, lymph and nerve tissue transport nutrients to the tooth and remove waste through root canals that connect to your bloodstream.

Normally, the chamber and canals are protected by the enamel and dentin. However, if you have a large cavity, a crack or a loose filling, then bacteria can migrate to the interior. When this happens, infection can begin.

What are the Symptoms of an Infected Tooth?

Woman in need of root canal therapy holding jaw in pain

The leading symptom of tooth infection is a severe toothache caused by inflammation.

Other symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Fever
  • A pimple-like sore on gum tissue near the painful tooth
  • Discomfort with normal chewing and biting

There are people who do not experience any symptoms when they have an infected tooth. That is why regular dental checkups and annual digital X-rays are so important. In addition, these visits can help you avoid tooth infection with professional cleanings and examinations that spot decay early before a cavity has the chance to spread.

What Happens During
a Root Canal?

Woman smiling at dentist after root canal therapy

After the tooth and surrounding tissue are anesthetized, your dentist accesses the pulp chamber and root canals through a small hole. Using special instruments, the infected portion of the tooth is removed. Then, the space is disinfected and filled with a biocompatible substance that expands to fill the chamber and root canals. This supports the remaining tooth structure and prevents recontamination. Finally, the tooth is sealed and prepared for a porcelain crown that will protect your tooth.

Some mild discomfort may be felt after a root canal. For relief, most patients only need a few doses of an over-the-counter pain reliever. Depending on the severity of infection, you may be given a prescription for an oral antibiotic. Your comfort is always a top priority for Devoted Family Dental Phoenix.

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

Man learning cost of root canal in Phoenix

The cost of a root canal in Phoenix is largely dependent on various factors that will be determined by our team here at Devoted Family Dental. It can be daunting to consider how much you can expect to pay for such invasive treatment; however, if it will save your tooth and allow for improved functionality (which it will), it is certainly worth the time and cost. Our team will work with you to determine your out-of-pocket expenses after filing with your dental insurance. We will also go over alternative payment options to keep your costs as low as possible.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

Person undergoing root canal in Phoenix

Meeting with an emergency dentist in Phoenix requires a thorough examination of your oral anatomy. We will not only visually evaluate your problem tooth, but we will also capture digital X-rays to receive a complete view. Once we review our findings, we will incorporate the following factors into your cost estimate:

  • The type of tooth that must be treated as well as its location
  • How difficult the root canal will be
  • If you require a customized dental crown to be placed over the tooth following your root canal

Is It Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

Extracted tooth in Phoenix

It is normal to think that extracting the tooth will be much less expensive. After all, you remove the problem, and you are done, right? The reality is that while the removal of a tooth may cost less upfront, you must think about replacing the tooth, which is where the costs can add up. You do not want to be without a tooth (unless it is a wisdom tooth), as it can cause jawbone deterioration and difficulty eating and speaking.

However, the cost of replacing a tooth and regular maintenance can be expensive in the long term. A dental bridge or dental implant can be used to replace the tooth, but you must be prepared for the price tag associated with these restorative treatments.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

Patients discussing treatment in Phoenix

There is a high probability that your dental insurance plan will cover a portion of your root canal. Most carriers designate this type of procedure as a major restorative service, which means it is possible for your insurer to pay 50% of the total cost. But you must have met your deductible, and you must have annual maximum funds still available in order for them to pay half. But do not worry, as our team will do our best to maximize your benefits and help you get the most out of your plan.

Other Options for Making Root Canal Therapy Affordable

Woman with piggy bank in Phoenix

Apart from using dental insurance, there is always the option to apply for flexible financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no-interest payment plans that make it easy for you to pay off your treatment month-to-month without overextending your budget. You can worry less about the financial side of dentistry and instead, focus on the improvements being made to your smile.

Root Canal FAQs

Inside of a tooth mold for root canal in Phoenix

If you are preparing for a root canal in Phoenix, do not hesitate to ask our dental team about the process and what you can expect afterward. Questions are normal, especially when it comes to this type of procedure. Over the years, we have compiled many questions from our patients and are now providing the answers to help individuals like yourself feel more comfortable and confident in moving forward with treatment. Review the information below and feel free to contact us with any additional concerns.

What should I do before a root canal?

Before undergoing a root canal, it is recommended that you avoid all alcoholic beverages and tobacco. You should also eat a healthy meal. If necessary, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever before arriving for your appointment. This will prove beneficial once the anesthesia wears off after your procedure.

The evening before your surgery, make sure to go to bed early enough that you get ample rest. You can expect to do the same once you return home from your appointment, as it will take time for the anesthesia to wear off. Getting plenty of rest will help you to heal quickly, ensuring you return to normal activity sooner rather than later.

How much pain is normal after a root canal?

The actual procedure should not cause any pain, as the point is to remove the infected pulp that is causing your discomfort. However, you can expect there to be some minor pain and soreness in the days following your procedure.

Once the anesthesia is no longer effective, mild discomfort and sensitivity are normal, but they should only be temporary. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with your pain. Also, you will find that hard foods should be avoided during this time, as they can worsen your discomfort. If after three days you do not notice dissipation of your pain, call our office immediately.

How long do root canals last?

Fortunately, root canals have a high success rate, which means that most teeth that are treated using this type of procedure can remain fully functional for decades or even a lifetime. But the longevity of your root canal is ultimately dependent on the severity of the damage and the amount of time between wearing your temporary crown and receiving your permanent one. If too much time passes, there is a chance that reinfection can occur, putting your vulnerable tooth at serious risk.

To extend the longevity of your root canal, make sure to follow the instructions provided by your dentist in Phoenix and maintain optimal oral hygiene habits at home.

Can root canals be prevented?

Yes, you can certainly prevent a root canal if you take proper care of your teeth and gums. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and seeing our dental team every six months are just a few of the many ways you can reduce your risk and avoid undergoing this type of dental procedure. The reason is that your regular oral hygiene habits will help to minimize the potential of damage or decay to your tooth’s pulp.

It is also helpful to eat healthy foods, limit your sugar and starch consumption, quit smoking, and drink plenty of water. You should also wear a mouthguard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night. Any damage to your teeth can result in a root canal if you are not careful.