A root canal removes infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth. This procedure would be recommended at Essence of Dentistry if the pulp has become inflamed or infected due to a deep cavity, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or other damage. Once the infected pulp has been removed from the inside of the tooth and the tooth has been properly disinfected, it will be sealed with a crown to protect it from future damage or infection. The restorative dentist at Essence of Dentistry uses the best dental tools and techniques to ensure a safe, effective, and painless root canal treatment that is worth every cent our patients spend here.
When Is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
A root canal treatment may be necessary if a tooth is infected or inflamed. A root canal procedure removes the infection from the tooth's pulp chamber and seals the tooth to protect it from further damage. This procedure will prevent tooth loss and the spread of infection to other teeth in the area.
If a root canal is necessary, patients should choose a restorative dentist experienced with this type of procedure. This is because the dentist will numb the patient’s tooth before removing any decayed tissues and then clean the area to remove any bacteria. Once the area is clean, the dentist will apply an antibacterial solution called gutta-percha to the tooth and close it back up. In some cases, a dentist may put a temporary filling in the tooth until a permanent restoration can be placed later.
Patients should see their dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings and may need more frequent appointments if they have periodontal disease.
What Happens After a Root Canal?
Once the root canal treatment is complete, your dentist will suggest a dental crown to strengthen the treated tooth and prevent it from breaking or fracturing. The dentist may also recommend replacing your amalgam fillings with composite fillings since the filling material used in amalgam restorations expands and contracts over time, which puts stress on the tooth and causes it to bend. Composite resin is a much more durable material that can withstand the force of chewing and won’t crack under pressure as the amalgam does.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Many people feel anxious about getting a root canal, primarily if they’ve heard the procedure can be excruciating. However, the pain experienced with a root canal is nowhere near as intense as the pain of an infected tooth and is far more manageable than patients imagine it to be. Your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth before performing the root canal treatment. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe medication to help you relax as well.
By regularly visiting a dentist, patients can better protect their overall health and avoid more severe issues in the future. Get in touch with Essence of Dentistry at 16300 Redmond Way #200, Redmond, WA, Redmond, WA 98052, or call (425) 249-7789 to learn more about the benefits of root canal treatments.