Bothell, WA Root Canals
The essence of a root canal really is the last shot to save an infected or severely decayed tooth. Have you ever wondered why it was called a “root canal”? Inside your tooth is a place where the nerve and pulp are located, which is what a root canal refers to. Inside this canal is often the source of pain and decay. Your dentist must remove the pulp and nerve if the remainder of the tooth is to be salvaged.
Your tooth does not need the nerve for ongoing function; in fact, its main job is to detect changes in pressure and temperature. Once this area becomes infected, it has ceased to be useful and is instead a liability. Infection can result in drainage, bone loss, pain, and swelling if not addressed quickly. During a root canal also called an endodontic treatment, our dentist in Bothell, WA will create a small opening at the top of the tooth for removal of nerve and pulp. Next, the empty space is filled and sealed to prevent further issues.
Do you need a root canal? Some potential symptoms include, but are not limited to the following:
- Increased gum swelling and sensitivity
- Recurring pimples on the gums (abscesses)
- Internal discoloration of the tooth
- Extreme discomfort or pain anytime you put pressure on a tooth.
- Increased sensitivity to temperatures (hot or cold)
If you are experiencing any or all of these signs, you should immediately call your Affordable Family Dentistry in Bothell, WA and enquire about root canal therapies. Many times this procedure is the only thing that will save your tooth from complete loss. You can keep full functionality of the tooth while reducing ongoing costs and care.
After a root canal has been completed, your dentist will use a filling or dental cap to complete conceal the work that has been done. In other words, it will look no different than it did before and you will keep your happy, healthy smile. Keep in mind the area around the tooth may be sensitive for a few days, but that does not mean you have to avoid your daily routine.
Preventing root canals is pretty easy, especially if you practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist on a regular basis. Of course, there is nothing to be ashamed about if you need a root canal, it may be your only good option for continued oral health. Do you want a free consultation? Contact Affordable Family Dentistry today and find out if a root canal is in your immediate future.