Dentist in Mesa, AZ area practice explains the process of root canal treatment for patients
Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental in Mesa, AZ is a dedicated professional who works with patients every day to achieve better oral health and wellness for life. He is a dentist who believes in using treatments that are holistic and appropriate for patients. A common treatment he offers is root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment. He explains to his patients the process, so they know exactly what will occur throughout their treatment and are at ease.
What is root canal therapy?
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal treatments are performed for patients who have had an infection or trauma that affects the inner portion of the tooth called the canals. Inside the canals is the dental pulp, tissues that include the blood supply and nerves to the tooth. When infected, many patients will experience a severe toothache. While extraction of the tooth is one option, many patients are urged to do what they can to save the tooth with root canal therapy.
During root canal therapy, the dentist will use a specialized instrument to make a very small hole into the tooth, so he can access the dental pulp. The dental pulp is removed and then the inner canals are disinfected to remove bacteria and to thoroughly clean the area. Once completed, the dentist will fill the tooth with a rubberlike material called gutta percha, and then seal the tooth with composite resin. In many cases, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth, as it can become weak and brittle and is more susceptible to further damage.
Who is a candidate for root canal therapy?
Any patient who is faced with extraction because of trauma or infection within the tooth may want to ask about root canal therapy. Determining candidacy will often include a dental X-ray to get a proper diagnosis and determine if the tooth can be saved with this treatment.
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When can root canal therapy be performed?
Patients in Mesa, AZ who are experiencing a severe toothache are encouraged to book an appointment at New Health Dental to get an evaluation to find out if they can be treated with root canal therapy. Not all toothaches are related to damage to the dental pulp, and a simple filling may be all that is needed.
What can I expect during my treatment?
Our practice is equipped with appropriate sedation methods that are available to help patients feel at ease during their treatment. We also use topical and injectable numbing methods to deaden the area and keep patients from feeling any discomfort throughout their procedure. We want our patients to feel relaxed and at ease when receiving treatments such as these, so we walk them through the process and discuss sedation and anesthetic methods as well. Patients can return to their busy life after root canal therapy, though they may still feel numb in the treatment area for several hours after their appointment. Patients may have some discomfort for a few days afterward, but this can be addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. We give patients information regarding aftercare to ensure that they are taking good care of their smile after their appointment, and we welcome patients back to the office for a follow-up if they are experiencing any problems. With proper aftercare, most patients will be able to avoid problems.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Edward Fritz today!
At New Health Dental, we make beautiful smiles every day! We want our patients to have access to quality dental care and learn about procedures that allow them to look and feel their best– while maintaining oral health and wellness the entire time! His office is located at 2830 East Brown Road, Suite 9 in Mesa, AZ and welcomes patients to call for an appointment at (877) 943-3703.