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Root Canals Specialist

Karen A Randall, DMD -  - Dentistry

Canyon Dental Group

Karen A Randall, DMD

Dentistry & Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Tucson, AZ

If the inside of your tooth is infected, eating becomes nearly impossible because of the pain and sensitivity. With a root canal from expert dentist Karen Randall, DMD, and her team at Canyon Dental Group in Tucson, Arizona, you can find relief from your pain and keep your original tooth. If you have symptoms of a tooth infection, call Canyon Dental Group to request an appointment or book your visit online today.

Root Canals Q&A

What is a root canal?


A root canal is a standard dental procedure to remove an infection from the inside of a tooth. During a root canal at Canyon Dental Group, Dr. Randall makes a small hole in your tooth’s chewing surface to access the soft tissue, or pulp, inside it. She removes all of the infected parts of the pulp and may also remove the nerve roots.

Then, she cleans the emptied inside portion of your tooth to make sure all bacteria are gone. As a final defense against infection, she prescribes antibiotics.

To complete your root canal, Dr. Randall seals the hole with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha, which helps to stabilize your tooth.

For further stability, Dr. Randall uses either a filling or a crown. She makes sure your crown or filling is identical in color to your tooth so it looks natural in your smile among your untreated teeth.

Root canals have an outdated reputation for being uncomfortable, but Dr. Randall makes sure you’re not in pain. She discusses multiple options for sedation dentistry at your consultation.


Why do I need a root canal?


A root canal is a treatment for an infection inside of a tooth. The innermost layer of your tooth, called the pulp, includes soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Because the nerve roots are located in this area, an infection can be extremely painful. If you have these symptoms, you might need a root canal to treat your tooth:

  • Sharp pain while chewing
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Dark tooth discoloration
  • Pimples on your gums near the tooth


Sometimes, a tooth infection comes with few or no symptoms at first. Dr. Randall checks your teeth for signs of an infection during your regular dental visits.


What are the advantages of getting a root canal?


In the past, getting a tooth infection meant you needed an extraction. Getting a root canal instead means you get to keep your natural tooth and preserve the way your smile looks. Other advantages of getting a root canal versus an extraction or no treatment at all include:

  • Pain relief
  • Less costly than restorations
  • Less recovery time
  • No dietary restrictions
  • No facial sagging


Dr. Randall and her team at Canyon Dental Group make it a priority to ease your pain and give you the best possible outcome after a tooth infection.

To find out if you need a root canal, call Canyon Dental Group to request an appointment or book your visit online today.