Root Canal

Robert Badalov, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Robert Badalov, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentistry located in Tucson, AZ

Many people associate root canals with pain, but this shouldn’t be the case. In fact, patients who get root canal therapy are six times more likely to feel no tooth pain than those who avoid getting a root canal. In Tucson, Arizona, Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, provides fast and easy root canals to help you overcome your tooth pain, sensitivity, and other symptoms of infection. To relieve your pain and other symptoms with a root canal, call Dr. Badalov’s office for an appointment or book your visit online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a channel that runs through your tooth to make space for nourishing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. Together, this fleshy inner part of your tooth is called the pulp. A root canal, or root canal therapy, is also the name of the procedure that dentists use to treat infected or inflamed tissue within your tooth.

When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, you might experience severe tooth pain upon biting down. Even if your pain is mild or nonexistent, a tooth infection can cause darkened gums, pimples on your gums, or tooth sensitivity. If you notice such symptoms, you should call Dr. Badalov for an evaluation right away.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Badalov removes all of the tissue from the inside of your tooth.

What can I expect during root canal therapy?

Knowing what to expect during root canal therapy helps take the intimidation and uncertainty out of the appointment. Dr. Badalov numbs your tooth and the area around it with a local anesthetic, which keeps you comfortable throughout the procedure.

Once he’s certain that your tooth is numb, he drills a tiny hole into its surface. He uses specialized tools to extract the inner pulp. He cleans the now-empty root canal and sanitizes it with an antimicrobial solution to prevent a new infection.

Finally, Dr. Badalov fills the empty root canal with gutta-percha, a rubbery material that replaces the pulp. He may also suggest getting a custom crown for the tooth to add strength and improve its appearance.

How long will it take me to recover after I receive root canal therapy?

Your mouth might feel sore for several days after your root canal. However, the initial pain and sensitivity from the infection will be gone. To accelerate your recovery and make it as comfortable as possible, Dr. Badalov may recommend:

  • Avoiding food until the anesthetic wears off
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Avoiding hard foods for several days
  • Brushing and flossing as usual
  • Using an antimicrobial mouthwash

You might choose to take the rest of the day off after a root canal to relax and recover, but this isn’t always necessary. The numbness lasts for two to four hours, but you can go back to work or school if you choose.

Symptoms of a tooth infection shouldn’t be ignored. Call Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, for an evaluation or book an appointment online today to find out if you need a root canal.