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Root Canals Specialist

George T. Christakos, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Scottsdale, AZ

Whether you have advanced tooth decay, a dental injury, or a tooth infection, root canal therapy can treat severe tooth damage. Dr. George Christakos offers this tooth-saving treatment at George T. Christakos, DDS, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Root canals remove decayed tissue from damaged teeth. To learn more about root canals, call the office of Dr. George T. Christakos, DDS, or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q&A

What are root canals?

A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that removes decayed tissue from inside your tooth. Once removed, your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry cleans the canal and fills it with strengthened materials.

Root canals are often necessary if you have a tooth in danger of needing an extraction. In the center of your tooth is a soft portion called the pulp. Your tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that, when damaged or infected, can cause severe pain. 

To prevent further damage, your dentist removes the pulp, disinfects the canal, and fills it with a strengthening material called gutta-percha.

When are root canals necessary?

A root canal is typically necessary if you have severe tooth damage. You may need a root canal to treat:

  • A tooth infection
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Damage that reaches the tooth pulp
  • Deep crack or break in the tooth
  • Broken dental crown
  • A tooth that has experienced repeated dental procedures

If you have sudden tooth pain, jaw pain, or pain when chewing, talk to the experienced dentists at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances are of saving your tooth.

What happens during root canals?

Most root canal treatments take a single visit, but more severe cases may take two appointments. 

After numbing your tooth with an anesthetic, your dentist creates a small access hole into the center of the tooth. Then, they use small dental instruments to remove the infected pulp. It’s important that your dentist cleans and disinfects the tooth chamber. That step helps ensure the infection won’t return. 

To strengthen your treated tooth, your dentist replaces the pulp with gutta-percha. Finally, they seal the access hole and protect the tooth with a filling. If necessary, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to prevent plaque and bacteria from reaching your treated tooth.

If you’re in danger of losing a permanent tooth, root canal therapy may be the right treatment to save it. To learn more, call Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.