Understanding Root Canals

Your Path to a Pain-Free Smile

When it comes to preserving your oral health and comfort, Dental Arts is your trusted partner. Among our comprehensive range of dental treatments, root canal therapy stands as a crucial service to restore and save a tooth that has suffered severe decay or infection.

This procedure, often simply referred to as a ‘root canal,’ may sound intimidating, but with modern dental technology and our experienced team, it can be a comfortable and effective solution.

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Why Would You Need a Root Canal?

The inside of your tooth contains a soft material known as pulp, which is home to blood vessels and nerves. When this pulp becomes inflamed or infected—usually due to severe tooth decay, a deep filling, or a crack or chip in the tooth—it can cause substantial pain and, if left untreated, potentially lead to more serious health issues. In these situations, a root canal procedure is often the best course of action to alleviate pain and save your tooth from extraction.

Some common reasons for needing a dental crown include:

  • Restoration of a fractured or worn down tooth
  • Reinforcement of a tooth with a large filling
  • Enhancement of aesthetic appearance due to discoloration or malformation
  • Completion of a dental implant or a root canal treatment

By covering the affected tooth, a dental crown restores its size, shape, strength, and appearance, enhancing both your oral function and aesthetics.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Root Canal?

At Dental Arts, we undertake a comprehensive dental examination to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Generally, candidates for a root canal experience certain symptoms. These include severe tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums. However, in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. Regular dental checkups at Dental Arts can help identify these cases early, preventing pain and further damage.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us immediately. A timely root canal could save your tooth and protect your overall oral health.

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How Does the Root Canal Process Work?

At Dental Arts, we prioritize your comfort and ensure you understand the procedure before it begins.


The root canal procedure starts with local anesthesia to numb your tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a pain-free experience.

Pulp Removal

Our experienced dentist will create a small opening in your tooth to reach the infected pulp, which is then carefully removed.

Tooth Cleaning and Shaping

After the pulp is removed, the inside of your tooth is cleaned and shaped. This step prepares your tooth for the next stage.

Filling and Sealing

The cleaned tooth chamber is filled with a biocompatible material and sealed to protect it from future infection.

Crown Placement

In most cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth to reinforce its structure and provide a natural appearance.
Smiling patient at Dental Arts Nogales showing their transformed smile after dental treatment by Dr. Cantú Davis.
Smiling patient at Dental Arts Nogales showing their transformed smile after dental treatment by Dr. Cantú Davis.