Alleviate Pain and Infection with Root Canal Therapy

A dental infection can be exceptionally painful, eventually leading to tooth loss and other oral health issues. Root canal therapy is a treatment that can save your tooth and prevent further infection. For over 25 years, Dr. John W. Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, has been providing endodontic therapy to help his patients avoid the need for tooth extraction. Our entire team embraces a philosophy of excellent care, and we do everything we can to provide our patients with the most pleasant experience possible.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

When the pulp (the inner tissue of a tooth) becomes infected due to advanced decay or trauma, it requires prompt treatment. If left untreated, the bacteria can spread to adjacent teeth and surrounding bone, causing further issues.

If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a dental infection, contact us right away, and we will schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Common indications of a dental infection include:
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Drainage or pus
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes
It must be noted that dental infections do not always present symptoms. Routine dental examinations can allow us to monitor your oral health and provide prompt treatment.

Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp, disinfecting the pulp chamber, and sealing the tooth. A dental crown is often the finishing step.

Root Canal Therapy Process

A root canal treatment typically involves six fundamental steps:

  • Assessment: During a consultation, Dr. Dovgan will examine the tooth, closely evaluating the surrounding gum tissue. X-rays will be taken to properly diagnose the problem and assess the roots and underlying bone structure.
  • Anesthesia: If Dr. Dovgan determines that root canal therapy is necessary, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues for your comfort.
  • Access: A small opening will be made in the tooth to allow access to the pulp chamber and root canals.
  • Cleaning: The pulp will be removed. Dr. Dovgan will clean the chamber and root canals of the tooth using tiny instruments, and will then disinfect the inner surfaces.
  • Filling: Once the inside surfaces of the tooth are cleaned, the root canals will be filled with a flexible biocompatible material called gutta-percha. Your dentist may also place a post within the tooth to provide the filling with added support. Your tooth will then be sealed.
  • Crown: A dental crown will be placed over the tooth for support and aesthetics. Because we have CEREC® technology, we can often provide a custom crown immediately following a root canal, eliminating the need for a temporary crown or follow-up appointment.

Recovery from Root Canal Therapy

Following root canal therapy, you may experience slight tenderness or sensitivity. However, most patients report minimal pain during recovery. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can be taken to reduce swelling and discomfort. Pain usually subsides within a few days.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a dental infection, contact us right away, and we will schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovgan as soon as possible. Call our office at (602) 867-1899 to book your appointment.

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Phoenix, AZ 85032

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The Perfect Autumn
16:57 08 Oct 19
As a new patient, I recently visited this dental office and left very pleased after my first visit. Both the dentist and his staff were very warm and welcoming. I hadn't been to a dentist in a few years and this alone was adding to my uneasiness about setting up an appointment for an exam, and then dealing with which dentist to choose on top of it all? (Like many things, putting off a visit to the dentist is never a wise move.) After sorting through many reviews I then settled on Dr. Dovgan's office and was glad I did. Both Dr. Dovgan and his staff had me feeling very at ease in no time. I found this dental location to be equipped with all the latest modern technology, very stylish & clean and not rushed for time...nowadays, a pleasant surprise. (...Also, special praise here to dental hygienist "Sonata" for her gentle approach and also for really taking the time to conduct a thorough exam and cleaning of my teeth & gums. Thanks, Girl!!) Additionally, also nice was the ample, easy access parking and the comparability in pricing to the many other dentists out there. :)Upon leaving I felt I had made the right choice for myself in trusting Dr. Dovgan and his team of professionals with my dental concerns and I learned that even though my end results were not perfect ( -due to my own actions- ), they were better than anticipated and attainable. If you've (too) been playing dental roulette, procrastinating out of fear of the unknown ( -"unknown as in: "what's really going on inside my mouth??" -or- "which unknown dental office should I choose from??"- ) then this dentist and his team may be the place for you to try, as well. I wouldn't hesitate at all in recommending Dr. Dovgan's dental services. Thank you for my positive visit to the dentist!! :)Remove review
Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson
17:38 25 Apr 19
I’ve been coming to this office for the last 18 YEARS (since I was 7 years old) and I love Dr. Dovgan! I never understood how anyone could hate going to the dentist before because I loved going to mine. He’s gentle, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of dentistry. The family feeling is great with the staff and they have always been so accommodating to my scheduling needs. I loved his practice so much growing up that I decided to join the dental field myself. I’d highly recommend anyone to come to his office.
Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders
20:30 28 Aug 18
I have always hated going to the dentist, but I've finally found a place that I like going to! The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Dovgan is great at what he does. I always have a great experience with my cleanings and today I had a filling done by Dr Dovgan and it was fast and pain free! I would definitely recommend him. Thank you for making me feel at ease
Karenlee Thorpe
Karenlee Thorpe
17:40 01 Jun 17
I have been a patient of Dr. Dovgan for approximately 2-3 years. My experiences have been extremely positive. The staff are very efficient, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist He has assisted me with difficult dental issues. I have had absolutely no problems with his work. He is friendly, helpful, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Dovgan and his office for any dental needs.
Kathleen Garast
Kathleen Garast
19:24 31 May 17
Dr. Dovgan and every member of his staff that I have met represent the perfect blend of a highly professional, efficient and welcoming facility. They are up to date on the latest procedures, they are willing to take the time to explain what is going to be done and they stand behind the work they do always assuring my complete satisfaction. I've had a range of work done from simple cleaning as well as complex procedures and I have been totally satisfied with the care, the cost and the results. I am happy to do this review because I've had less than positive experiences elsewhere and I hope this review can guide others to a positive experience with Dr. Dovgan and his staff.
Robert Barbour
Robert Barbour
19:09 31 May 17
I have to admit, I am extremely difficult to please. Having work in large inbound call centers and dealing with nothing but complaints...all I can say about Dr Dovgan and entire staff is I have NO complaints! I only have praise and compliments! EVERYONE there is simply WONDERFUL.