What is root canal therapy?

The root is the part of the tooth that extends below the gum and anchors it in the jawbone. The root is filled with soft tissue that can become infected, and because the tissue includes nerves this can be extremely painful. Other symptoms of infection include sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure and any form of movement of the mouth.

This kind of infection should never be ignored and cannot be treated at home. Without prompt professional treatment, the infection can move into the jaw and cause bone loss.

The treatment for this kind of infection is a root canal.

What happens in a root canal procedure?

In this procedure, a local anesthetic is first administered. The dentist then drills a small hole into the tooth and and removes the infected tissue. The empty canal is filled with material that cannot become reinfected, and the hole is covered with a filling or crown.

The thought of having a root canal frightens most people because of the pain that has been associated with the procedure over the years. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, the procedure is much less stressful than it used to be.

Before the procedure begins, local anesthetics are administered. With proper medication, the discomfort of root canal is about the same as having a cavity filled, and it takes about as long. As with most dental procedures, you may have some tenderness and soreness after the the anesthetics wear off.

Your dentist may prescribe pain relievers to use at home, but you may find over-the-counter medications work just as well.

The soreness felt after a root canal is usually insignificant compared to the pain of infection. After the initial discomfort resolves, you will be able to eat normally and enjoy your food without pain.

Give us a call at(206) 623-3371 if you are having dental pain or sensitivity to temperature or pressure. We’ll get you in right away and help you feel better.

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