Root Canals

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Root Canals services offered in Seattle, WA

Root canals have a bad reputation as being painful and unpleasant, but the procedure actually saves the integrity of your tooth. At Alki Dental in Seattle, Washington, Hanbit Chi, DDS, and Sara Park, DDS, perform expert root canals to eliminate the pain from an infected tooth root and restore the tooth’s functionality. Call today or use the online tool to book an appointment at the West Seattle office if you have symptoms that suggest you need a root canal. 

Why would I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infection deep in your tooth’s pulp. The pulp sits within the enamel and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When bacteria infiltrates the root, you develop an infection that threatens the integrity of the entire tooth and could spread to other areas of your mouth, jaw, and head. 

A root canal removes the infected pulp and restores the integrity of your tooth to relieve pain and stop the infection’s spread. 

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

A tooth with infected pulp doesn’t always show symptoms. Sometimes your dentist finds the infection on a routine X-ray. 

When you experience symptoms, they include: 

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of nearby soft tissue, such as your cheeks or gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • An abscess or pimple on the gum around the tooth
  • Discoloration of the affected tooth

After a root canal, these symptoms disappear, and your tooth is saved. 

What happens during a root canal visit?

Your root canal should take just one visit, but plan a second visit to have a permanent crown placed on the treated tooth. 

Your dentist numbs the area where the root canal is to be performed. Then, they make a small hole in your infected tooth and clear out all signs of infection. A solution that discourages further infection is applied, and the tooth pulp is replaced with gutta-percha, a biocompatible, rubber-like substance. 

Your dentist seals the tooth, and your root canal is complete. They take impressions to send to a lab to craft a permanent crown to protect the tooth long-term. They place a temporary crown on your tooth as the treated tooth is vulnerable to damage or infection.

Does a root canal hurt?

Because you’re numb during the procedure, you feel nothing, and the root canal doesn’t cause pain. The real pain of a root canal actually comes from the discomfort caused by the infection, which means you need a root canal procedure. 

Following a root canal, you may initially have some soreness and discomfort. Use over-the-counter pain medications to soothe the pain; after a few days, the discomfort should subside.

If you need a root canal, reach out to Alki Dental by calling the office or using the online tool to book your appointment today.