Gentle, Effective Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is damaged or develops a serious cavity, it becomes easier for bacteria to make its way past the enamel. If this infection goes untreated, it can lead to the loss of the tooth. Root canal therapy is a simple procedure, taking between one and three visits to our Seattle, WA office. The faster you seek treatment, the better chance Drs. Hurliman and Johnson have to save your tooth.
How Can Root Canal Therapy Help?
Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment used to save an infected tooth. When a tooth becomes cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection. If the infected tissue is not removed by a professional, pain and swelling can result and an abscess may form on the gums. This can not only injure your jawbone, but it can also be detrimental to your overall health as well. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed. If this happens, you may require further restorative care like a dental implant procedure. Fortunately, when root canal treatment is sought out in time, the tooth can be saved and restored to full strength.
Signs of Infection
Dental infection is easy to notice. There are many signs and symptoms that may indicate you’re suffering from an oral infection, including:
- Consistent and severe tooth pain
- Discoloration or darkening of a tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Difficulty chewing
- Tender or swollen gums
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may require root canal therapy. Please call our Seattle, WA office at (206) 682-3888 to schedule a consultation immediately.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
The Day of the Procedure
Before your procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to your infected tooth and the area surrounding it, ensuring a painless treatment process. Once your tooth is numb, our Seattle dentists will create a small opening, removing the infected tissue. Afterward, we’ll fill the empty chamber with a special dental resin that will help protect against future infections.
Following your root canal appointment, you can expect some soreness of the tooth and your gums once the local anesthetic wears off. It’s also common to experience swollen gums. To help ease any discomfort and swelling, you can use over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. You should be able to resume your normal activities the day after your procedure.
A dead tooth is often noticeable as it starts to change color. The tooth’s blood supply has been cut off and the nerve is dying, so the tooth may turn brown, grey, or black. You’ll probably also feel severe pain as the nerve dies.
If you notice these symptoms, contact our Seattle, WA office at (206) 682-3888 to have your tooth examined as soon as possible.
No! Root canal therapy is virtually painless and won’t cause much discomfort. Your Seattle dentist will apply a local anesthetic before your treatment to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed. Our team will discuss your sedation options with you at your initial consultation. To schedule your consultation, call Aesthetic Dental Associates at (206) 682-3888
In most cases, root canal therapy can take around 90 minutes per tooth. Depending on the extent of your infection, we can complete your treatment in just one appointment at our Seattle, WA office. Keep in mind that treatment times do vary from patient to patient. At your initial consultation, your dentist will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your treatment and an estimated timeline.
Don’t Wait to Receive Treatment!
Infections are nothing to wait around on. If you’re suffering from an oral infection, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. At Aesthetic Dental Associates, our team provides root canal therapy to help rid your infection, save your tooth from extraction, and restore your oral health. To schedule your appointment with our team, call our Seattle office at (206) 682-3888. You can also request more information through our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you soon.