Root Canals

Unlimited Dentistry

Periodontists located in Goodyear, AZ

Believe it or not, a root canal procedure is designed to save you from pain, and it’s no more uncomfortable than getting a standard filling, especially with the right dentist. At Unlimited Dentistry, Dr. Erik M. Unger, works with his patients in Goodyear, Arizona, to preserve their teeth and relieve their pain with quick and easy root canal procedures. Don’t suffer any longer from root canal pain. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Root Canals Q & A

Why do I need a root canal procedure?

A root canal procedure is your best course of action when you have an infection deep inside in your tooth. Each of your teeth has roots that go down into your jawbone. Inside these roots are canals, which contain nerves surrounded by pulp. If bacteria gets into your pulp, the resulting infection can cause inflammation and pain, and lead to an abscess if left untreated.

The goal of a root canal procedure is to clear the infection before it causes more widespread damage, which can lead to the loss of the tooth or, worse, cause damage to your jawbone.

Are root canal procedures painful?

Thanks to sedation techniques and modern technology, root canal procedures shouldn’t cause you much discomfort. In fact, you’ll likely leave in less pain than when you came in since these infections can moderate to severe discomfort.

To make sure you’re relaxed, Dr. Unger offers oral sedation or nitrous oxide for your root canal procedure. You can also opt to have him do it with only local anesthesia if anxiety isn’t an issue for you.

Dr. Unger also uses advanced digital imaging so that he can target the problem area quickly and accurately, meaning you spend less time in the chair.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

During your root canal, Dr. Unger gains access to your pulp through the top of your tooth. Once there, he scrapes away all of the diseased pulp and thoroughly cleans out the area.

Once he’s satisfied that there’s no more threat of infection, Dr. Unger fills the root canal with gutta percha, a material much like rubber.

Since Dr. Unger accesses your root through the top of your tooth, he typically recommends that you cover the tooth with a crown to protect it. Directly after your procedure, he outfits you with a temporary filling until your crown comes in. When the crown is ready, you simply revisit Dr. Unger to have it bonded into place. Your crown is custom made to fit in with your existing teeth, but Dr. Unger still makes any necessary tweaks after it’s in place.

If you’d like to learn more about how a root canal procedure can save your tooth, call Unlimited Dentistry or use the online scheduling tool to arrange a visit.