Root Canal Specialist

Arcadia Dental Group

Dentists located in Arcadia, Phoenix, AZ

The words “root canal” might be the last thing you want to hear from your dentist — but this procedure can actually save a tooth from needing extraction. With Dr. Viray Patel, of Arcadia Dental Group, located in Arcadia, Phoenix, Arizona, your root canal treatment is in the hands of a top-rated specialist who uses state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. Optimal pain relief, comfort, and reduced anxiety are a top priority before, during, and after the procedure. If you need a root canal to relieve pain and save your tooth, call the office today, or book an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged root (also known as the pulp) of the tooth and replacing it with a rubber-like dental filler. After Dr. Patel completes root canal therapy, he’ll restore your tooth. He may also include a dental crown or filling based on the specific needs of your tooth canal.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal involves removal of the infected or damaged pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the soft inner part of your tooth that houses:

  • Blood vessels
  • Nerves
  • Connective tissue

The root canal extends into the root of the tooth, which attaches a healthy tooth to the jawbone.

Dr. Patel may recommend a root canal if the root or “pulp” of your tooth is damaged or infected. When the pulp of your tooth is compromised, bacteria can enter the damaged area and cause an infection or abscess. Some of the symptoms that may be present if the pulp is damaged or infected include:

  • Swelling and pain in your gums or tooth
  • Cold and heat sensitivity
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • A bump or abscess on your gums

Left untreated, these infections can cause damage to the bone around the root of your tooth, causing the tooth to die. Because of the inter-connectedness of the tooth root anatomy, a root canal can save the tooth and prevent a worsening infection from spreading to your jawbone.

What does a root canal procedure involve?

A root canal treatment’s primary goal is to relieve pain — not make it worse. Dr. Patel uses innovative procedures and state-of-the-art equipment designed to make root canal treatments as comfortable and pain-free as possible. He will take the utmost care to ensure that your root canal procedure is as painless as getting a routine filling. A typical root canal treatment follows these steps:

  1. Dr. Patel will take an X-ray to identify the source of your pain
  2. He’ll access the tooth canal to remove pulp and bacteria
  3. He’ll seal the area with paste and a rubber compound
  4. Then he’ll restore your tooth’s surface with a crown or dental filling

Depending on the severity of the tooth condition and whether the treated tooth requires a crown or filling, a root canal procedure takes between one and three treatments. Dr. Patel will work with you to customize your root canal treatment plan for maximum comfort and reduced anxiety throughout the course of the procedure. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in your tooth and gums and would like fast effective relief, contact the Phoenix office for a same-day consultation or book an online appointment today.