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Root Canals: Non-Surgical Endodontics in Phoenix

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Hi-Fi Dental in Phoenix provides nonsurgical root canal therapy. Root canals are performed by Dr. Napoleon Gaither IV, in our state-of-the-art, all-age dental practice. To book an appointment or to learn more, call 602-242-5445.

What is Non-Surgical Endodontics?

Endodontics is a field of dentistry pertaining to the interior of the tooth, including the pulp,  nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues, the tooth root, and the root canals. Non-surgical endodontics are procedures that can be performed without a surgical incision in the mouth. 

Root canal therapy is a nonsurgical endodontic procedure. Root canal therapy is required when teeth have suffered significant decay (cavity) that cannot be restored with a dental filling. Root canal therapy is also necessary if an infection develops inside a tooth. Teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury also typically require root canal therapy to save the tooth.

Benefits of Nonsurgical Endodontics

The goal of nonsurgical endodontics is to save natural teeth. Natural teeth and their roots help to maintain a strong jawbone. When teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to recede. Dr. Napoleon and his team are dedicated to saving natural teeth to preserve the jaw, stabilize adjacent teeth, and keep the facial structure intact. 

Benefits of root canal therapy include:

  • Nonsurgical procedure requires no downtime
  • Root canal therapy requires only local anesthesia
  • Root canal therapy eliminates pain 
  • Root canal therapy treats infections within a tooth
  • Root canal therapy prevents tooth loss
  • Root canal therapy takes less than 90 minutes

Nonsurgical Endodontic Procedures at Hi-Fi Dental

At Hi-Fi Dental, Dr. Napoleon is a highly experienced dentist providing nonsurgical root canal therapy. During a root canal, the interior of the tooth is accessed through a tiny hole drilled in the exterior of the tooth. Then, using specialized tiny instruments, infections, decay, and debris within the pulp of the tooth are removed.

The interior of the tooth is completely cleansed, and the root canals may be reshaped. The interior of the tooth is then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.  Finally, a dental filling or a dental crown will be placed on the treated tooth to protect the tooth. 

Why Choose Hi-Fi Dental?

At Hi-Fi Dental, patients can rely on Dr. Napoleon’s skill, experience, and compassionate bedside manner. The Hi-Fi Dental team knows that the mere thought of a root canal can induce fear and anxiety in patients. As such, we work to ensure your comfort and ease during your nonsurgical endodontic procedure.

Patients may request mild relaxation with nitrous oxide, a safe inhalable gas commonly called laughing gas, which has been used in dentistry for centuries. Dr. Gaither and his team will continue to communicate with you during your treatment, to ensure you are comfortable, and to keep you informed during your procedure.

The goal of each root canal procedure we perform is a successful outcome, and comfortable care for our patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?
Teeth that have been severely injured, infected, or decayed must be treated with a root canal or the tooth will be lost. A severely damaged tooth will not recover without intervention. In the meantime, persistent pain, and the development of a dental abscess are possible.
Are root canals painful?
No. Today, thanks to advancements in dental technologies, tools, and techniques, root canals are not painful. The affected tooth and the area surrounding the affected tooth will be completely anesthetized, so you will not experience any pain from the procedure.
Are root canals covered by dental insurance?
Many dental insurance plans offer coverage for nonsurgical endodontics. For specific coverage limits, check with your insurance company. Any portion of your care that is not covered can be paid by credit card, or third-party financing company such as CareCredit or Lending Club.
How long does a root canal take?
Nearly all root canals are completed in less than 2hrs. They are often completed faster depending on how many roots your tooth has.
Are root canals safe?
Yes. Root canal therapy has been a common practice in dentistry since the mid-1800s. The non-surgical treatment has become more efficient, successful, and comfortable thanks to incredible strides in dental technologies and techniques.
Will I be awake during a root canal?
Yes. Nonsurgical root canals do not require general anesthesia. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissues.
How long is recovery from a root canal?
You can return to normal activities immediately following a root canal. However, soreness and tenderness may persist for several days following the procedure. Many patients prefer chewing on the opposite side of the mouth or switching to soft foods temporarily.
Are there any alternatives to root canals?
Root canal therapy is the last effort to save a severely damaged, weakened, or infected tooth. The only alternative to a root canal is to have the tooth extracted and restore the gap with a dental bridge or dental implant.

Book an Appointment at Hi-Fi Dental

If you’re experiencing a toothache, it is important to be diagnosed by a dentist as soon as possible. If you require a root canal, Dr. Napoleon and his skillful team at Hi-Fi Dental in Phoenix will prioritize your treatment, to save your tooth and eliminate your pain. To book an appointment at Hi-Fi Dental in Phoenix, call 602-242-5445.

Contact Hi-Fi Dental today!

1222 E Missouri Ave, Suite 201
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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