Root Canal Seattle, WA
Root canals are often thought of with dread. The pain associated with root canals is a misconception, the procedure does not cause pain, it relieves it. When bacteria has reached down into the root of your tooth, it will cause infection, and this is a painful problem. At Crown Hill Dental Care, we can relieve this pain, heal the infection, and restore the tooth to its natural function. This is your best option. An infected root will not heal itself, so one of two things will need to occur, either a root canal procedure or extraction. Root canal therapy is always the preferred treatment, you want to save the tooth, your teeth are important and losing them causes bigger problems.
How did the root of my tooth become infected?
Infection is caused by bacteria. Bacteria can travel to the root of your tooth in several ways. In every scenario, a passage was created. This may be due to decay which has formed a deep cavity, it may be due to a fracture in the tooth, or it can even be from trauma to the tooth. With passage, the bacteria has found its way into the root of the tooth, infected the tissue inside, and caused the nerves to react with pain.
How is a root canal performed?
The main purpose of a root canal is to remove the infection that is present in the root. One of our dentists, Dr. Drumhiller, Dr. Walker, or Dr. Goll will remove the infected and dying nerve tissue, including the pulp, nerves, and any bacteria from the tooth. We will then clean the nerve canal by filling it with a biocompatible medicated material which helps to seal the tooth from further bacterial contamination. Following this procedure, your tooth's strength has been compromised. We may recommend a dental crown to cap your tooth, helping it to not break, and allowing you to resume normal function.
If you have questions about root canals and how they can relieve the pain in your mouth, contact our Seattle, WA office at: 206-204-9623