Root Canal

Root Canal

Root Canal services offered in Seattle, WA

A deeply damaged or decayed tooth can weaken your oral health and increase your risk of tooth loss. If you have a tooth at risk of infection, the team at Seattle Crown Hill Dental in Seattle, Washington, may perform a root canal to preserve your healthy smile. A root canal can save your tooth and prevent additional damage. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative treatment that addresses deep decay and tooth infections. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a biocompatible material. 

Pulp is a soft material in the center of your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. It provides your tooth with nutrition during its early development but is no longer necessary once it reaches full maturity.

If your pulp becomes infected, it can lead to severe pain and tooth loss. Removing the pulp is often the only alternative to extraction to preserve your dental health and comfort.

How does a root canal work?

A root canal prevents infection and decay from spreading while removing the nerves causing your pain. Your dentist administers an anesthetic to numb your tooth before creating an access hole in its center. They use small dental instruments to extract the pulp before cleaning out the tooth chamber. 

After disinfecting the chamber, your dentist replaces the pulp with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. They close the access hole and place a filling to protect your tooth.

What can I expect after a root canal?

You can expect mild swelling and tooth sensitivity for a few days after your root canal. Some patients also notice that their bite changes temporarily after the procedure. The Seattle Crown Hill Dental team may provide anti-inflammatory pain medication to reduce your discomfort.

When you return to the office for your follow-up appointment, your dentist may recommend placing a dental crown. These tooth-shaped caps restore the shape, size, and color of damaged teeth while protecting against damage. While crowns typically take two visits to place, the practice has an onside milling machine to create same-day CEREC® crowns.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Many signs may indicate you need a root canal, such as:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Darkening tooth
  • Swollen gums
  • Cracked tooth

A small pimple on the gums is a sign of a dental abscess. If this pus-filled bump ruptures, it can spread potentially harmful bacteria into your bloodstream.

Call Seattle Crown Hill Dental or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about root canal therapy.