Root Canal

Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants

General Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Sierra Vista, AZ

Every year, about 15 million Americans undergo root canal therapy. This quick, effective treatment can preserve a damaged or decaying tooth, preventing the need for an extraction. At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Kent Hales, DDS, offers root canals on-site as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment today, call the office or book online.

Root Canal Q&A

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a type of oral surgery used to remove the pulp, the soft center of a tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, allowing sensations like hot and cold. However, it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. Removing the infected or inflamed tooth pulp makes it possible to preserve a tooth and avoid an extraction.

Why would I need a root canal?

At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, the team uses root canals to address damage or inflammation to the tooth pulp. Some of the most common causes of tooth pulp damage include:

  • Deep decay
  • Undergoing multiple dental procedures on one tooth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Getting hit in the mouth

If you regularly experience tooth pain or a sensation of heat or swelling in your gums, don’t wait to seek treatment.

What happens during a root canal?

The team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants performs root canal therapy on-site as an outpatient procedure. Before beginning your root canal, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots. 

Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider drills an access hole in the top of your affected tooth and carefully removes the infected or inflamed pulp. After removing the pulp, your provider cleans out the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution. They fill your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. 

Your provider then takes impressions of your tooth and uploads them to an on-site milling machine. The milling machine creates a custom crown in about 45 minutes. Your provider then bonds the crown on top of your tooth. 

What is recovery like following a root canal?

Once the local anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience some mild pain and sensitivity. You can resume normal activities like work right away, but you should avoid chewing on your new crown for at least a day. If you have swollen gums, you might also want to take over-the-counter pain medication.

About a week following your root canal, you return to Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants. Your provider conducts an oral exam at your second appointment and takes a series of X-rays to ensure the infection is gone.

To learn more about the benefits of a root canal, schedule an appointment at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants. Call the office or book a consultation online today.