When your tooth decay goes untreated for long enough, it can penetrate all the way through the solid dentin of your tooth and infect the soft, fleshy pulp in the center. This results in excruciating pain, and can compromise the health of your surrounding teeth, gum tissues, and even your jaw bone. At this point, a simple filling is not going to solve your problem. This is when our Issaquah dentist is likely to recommend a root canal.
Many patients are afraid that a root canal will be a painful experience. However, modern dental advances have made this an antiquated notion. Most of our root canal patients report feeling little or no pain, and are able to complete their treatment within two appointments.
When you need a root canal, it’s important to get one as soon as possible. The pulp tissues inside your tooth have become inflamed and, since they have nowhere to go within the confines of your dentin, you will experience an intense pain until the infection can be removed or until the nerve inside your tooth dies.
Failure to get a root canal invites further infection to spread to other parts of your body. If the infection gets bad enough to kill off your delicate pulp, you may need to have a tooth extraction done. Ultimately, a root canal treatment is far better than any alternative.
How a Root Canal is Performed
When you come in for a root canal, our Issaquah dentist will start by giving you a local anesthesia to numb the infected area. We will then use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame to separate the healthy teeth from the infected tooth. This tooth is drilled down to the infected pulp, which is removed and replaced with a root canal filling. Once this is completed, a permanent crown is affixed on top of the tooth.
Meadow Creek Dental provides the Issaquah and Sammamish area with quality root canals. Schedule your appointment for a root canal with Dr. Dipti today! Book an appointment online or call us today at 425-369-9116.