There are several reasons that you may need root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy. The first and most common is infection, which is often the result of an untreated cavity. When decay erodes your tooth enamel until it reaches the root, this allows bacteria to infect the pulp of the tooth. The second reason is damage to the pulp, often from trauma or a fractured tooth, which cannot be fixed. At Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Donald Wilcox DDS and his team of talented Glendale dentists can perform a one-visit root canal to restore your smile quickly and effectively. About Endodontic Treatment Traditionally, endodontic therapy was broken down into two or more appointments. Over the last few decades, new types of equipment and endodontic techniques have made their way into the dental marketplace. In many instances, the use of these new methodologies significantly enhances the efficiency with which Dr. Wilcox can perform treatment. These improvements have created the ability to perform one-visit root canal treatments without the need for long or multiple appointments. Recent dental research has revealed that that nature of each individual case should dictate the approach. Many root canal cases are ideal for single-visit treatment, such as those where a portion of your tooth's nerve tissue is still alive (or vital). There are, however, severe cases that still require multiple appointments, such as situations where the entire length of your root canal system harbors bacteria (necrotic teeth, retreatment cases). If you live in Glendale or Peoria, Arizona, please contact the dentistry specialists at Desert Smiles to learn more about your endodontic treatment options.