root canal therapy
If you are suffering from a dental infection, root canal therapy can eliminate painful symptoms and preserve the structure of your smile. This procedure can help to save a tooth when the innermost soft tissue has been damaged due to decay or trauma. After removing infection, our team can place a customized same-day dental crown to immediately restore aesthetics and function. At Ironwood Dental Care in Queen Creek, AZ, Dr. Brent Stanley uses advanced technology to provide his patients with convenient care and high quality, long-lasting results.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a conservative endodontic procedure that is performed when the pulp, or inner tissues of a tooth, have been damaged from decay, trauma, or infection. During this procedure, infected or inflamed tissue is removed and the tooth is disinfected, helping to save your tooth from extraction. You may require root canal therapy if you are experiencing:
Dental pain when chewing or biting down
Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Swollen, tender, or red gums
Though some patients experience symptoms of a dental infection, many do not display any noticeable signs. For this reason, it is important to schedule regular checkups with your dentist to protect your oral health and the structural integrity of your smile.
After removing infection, our team can place a customized same-day dental crown to immediately restore aesthetics and function.
During your appointment, Dr. Stanley can examine your teeth and gums to determine the extent and location of damage. He may request x-rays or advanced images for a more detailed picture. The procedure can generally be completed in five steps:
Sedation: We offer a variety of sedation options to ensure your comfort during treatment. Once you are ready, Dr. Stanley can also numb the tooth and gum tissue with a local anesthetic.
Soft Tissue Removal: Dr. Stanley can then isolate the treatment area by placing a small dam around the tooth. This will help to keep the infection contained. Using special dental instruments, the doctor can access the inner segments of the tooth and remove the infected tissue. He can then flush the root canals to ensure disinfection.
Tooth Filling and Preparation: Once the tissue has been removed, Dr. Stanley will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, which is designed to maintain the natural shape of the tooth and prevent future reinfection.
Restoration Design: Using our advanced Planmeca system, we can design and manufacture your dental crown immediately after your procedure. We will first create a 3-D model of your tooth using digital imaging software and then mill your customized restoration in our office. We use only the most durable materials and can match the shade of your crown to surrounding teeth.
Dental Crown Placement: After the crown is fabricated, Dr. Stanley can check to ensure proper fit and color and make any necessary modifications. If no changes are needed, we can then place your crown, fully restoring dental function and aesthetics.