Root canals are frequently associated with excruciating pain and lengthy recovery times, but the reality is far less scary. At Kirkland Premier Dentistry, expert dentist Sheena Gaur, DDS, regularly performs root canal procedures in order to preserve your natural, permanent teeth. If you’re experiencing a toothache that won’t go away, call the Kirkland, Washington, office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
A root canal is an oral procedure designed to repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth.
Inside each of your teeth is a hollow chamber known as a pulp chamber. It contains soft tissue called pulp, surrounding your nerves.
Even though all of your teeth have nerves, these nerves only provide sensory information and aren’t necessary for your teeth’s general well-being.
During a root canal, your dentist drills into the damaged tooth and then clears out any infected or abscessed tissue. By removing the infection, you can avoid an extraction or more complicated procedure altogether.
If you crack, chip, or damage one of your teeth, bacteria and food particles can enter the pulp chamber and start multiplying.
Left untreated, the infection worsens, creating an abscess or pus-filled pocket. In addition to an abscess, an infected tooth can cause:
Drainage problems can also occur, leading to an ulcer or open wound.
If you notice that one or more of your teeth are sensitive to changes in temperature, or you experience pain or discomfort when biting or chewing, it’s important to schedule an appointment with the team at Kirkland Premier Dentistry.
Other telltale signs you may need a root canal include:
Oftentimes, patients also experience darkening of their gum tissue.
No. Thanks to modern surgical techniques and anesthetics, root canals are safe and generally well tolerated. In addition, a root canal prevents the need for an extraction, speeding up the healing process in general.
After your root canal surgery, it’s perfectly normal to experience some swelling, irritation, and general discomfort. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully, and take your antibiotics and medications as prescribed. Within a week’s time, you’ll be feeling 100%.
If a toothache is negatively impacting your quality of life, call or use the online booking feature to make an appointment today.