Our teeth, which appear hard from the outside, contain a soft portion inside called the pulp. The pulp tissue is quite sensitive and contains nerves and blood vessels which provide nutrients and oxygen to the tooth during development. The site where the pulp sits in the tooth is known as the root canal. When an infection is developed in this part of the tooth, root canal therapy is recommended to control the spread of infection and to save the tooth from extraction.
Despite what you may have heard, root canal treatments are not actually painful. The infection may cause significant pain; root canal treatment will actually relieve the pain! The first step of a root canal procedure is to learn the full extent of the damage through X-ray. During the procedure, you will receive local anesthesia. A rubber sheet will be placed around the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading. Special dental tools are then used to reach the inside of the tooth so the infected pulp tissue can be removed. Next, we will flush out the root canals. When the root canals are free of harmful material, we will seal the tooth with medicated fillings to promote healing. We will complete the procedure by capping the tooth with a dental crown for protection. If cared for properly, your tooth should remain intact for a lifetime.
For more information about endodontic treatment and how you can keep your teeth and smile healthy, please contact our office for a consultation. You can reach us at (206) 201-0656. Our practice is located at 509 Olive Way, Suite 1033, Seattle, WA 98101.