Root Canals Specialist

Beautiful Dentistry

Family, Implant & Cosmetic Dentist located in Tempe, AZ

Movies and TV shows have given root canals a bad reputation when they’re a relatively easy and incredibly effective procedure for restoring damaged or infected teeth. If you need a root canal, Martin Sobieraj, DMD, MS, FAGD, can provide with you a safe and effective treatment at Beautiful Dentistry in Tempe, Arizona. Call the office or use the convenient online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that Dr. Sobieraj performs to treat a damaged or infected tooth that has compromised pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue within your tooth and is primarily made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve fibers.

When your tooth becomes damaged from physical trauma or infected from decay, it becomes inflamed. This swelling pinches the nerves of your pulp against the inner walls of your tooth, causing a great deal of pain. 

In a root canal, Dr. Sobieraj removes the infected or decayed portions of pulp while keeping the rest of your tooth intact. In the past, the only way to effectively treat damaged pulp was to remove your entire tooth, so root canals represent a significant advancement in dental technology.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Some of the indications that your tooth pulp might be damaged or infected include:

  • Toothache
  • A darkened or discolored tooth
  • Swelling in your gums around your tooth
  • Pus around your gum line or a pimple-like pocket of pus near the tooth root
  • Odorous breath or a foul taste in your mouth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth

If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sobieraj at Beautiful Dentistry immediately for an assessment. 

Can I avoid a root canal?

If your tooth pulp is damaged, you need a root canal. If left untreated, a damaged or infected tooth only gets worse and can lead to an array of more serious dental conditions, including:

  • Infection of nearby teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of gum tissue and jawbone
  • Sepsis (infection of your blood)

Root canals have a reputation as being painful and complicated procedures, but that impression is mostly inaccurate. In reality, root canals aren’t that much more complicated than a dental filling, and with modern tools and anesthetics, your root canal will be safe, secure, and comfortable.

What happens when I get a root canal?

First, Dr. Sobieraj takes X-rays of your smile to determine the extent of your tooth’s damage. He also uses these X-rays as a roadmap during your procedure.

Next, Dr. Sobieraj numbs your tooth with a local anesthetic, drills a tiny hole in the top of your tooth, and scrapes out the decayed pulp using a series of small files. 

Then, he sterilizes your tooth and fills it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha. He seals the hole in the top of your tooth and fits you with a dental crown to restore your tooth’s strength and structural integrity.

If you have a damaged or infected tooth, get your smile back to optimal health. Call Dr. Sobieraj at Beautiful Dentistry or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.