What Is a Root Canal?
When detected and managed early on, we can address broken or deteriorating teeth with a filling or another type of replacement. However, as the decay extends to the tooth's center, you may need a root canal to improve dental health and prevent extraction. A root canal is an endodontic treatment performed at Dental@888 to remove the diseased inner tooth tissue and restructure it. Dr. Hal Kussick treats abscessed or structurally damaged teeth with advanced root canal therapy and employs sedation options to enhance patient comfort. If you find yourself with an extremely painful or abscessed tooth, please get in touch with our Seattle, WA, facility as soon as you can. While it may seem overwhelming at first, Dr. Kussick is a specialist who has years of experience completing root canals, which can help you experience utmost comfort.
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What to Expect With a Root Canal
Infected tooth pulp can be a result of significant cavities, a deep break, or an injury. Dr. Kussick can do a digital scan and perform an oral exam to decide if a root canal or another therapy is required to alleviate tooth pain and regain your dental wellness.
We use modern approaches to ensure relaxation throughout a root canal treatment. At our Seattle, WA practice, we conduct root canals with local anesthesia and sedation techniques to produce additional comfort. After numbing the tooth, Dr. Kussick positions a dental dam over the tooth to safeguard the surrounding teeth. Next, he accesses the inflamed region through an opening made in the upper part of the tooth. Once opened, Dr. Kussick can reach the pulp or the structure that comprises the nerves and blood storage inside each tooth. He will begin extracting and reshaping the region with professional tools before carefully sanitizing the area. Finally, Dr. Kussick will protect the fragile tooth with a special material and finish the treatment with a filling to begin the rehabilitation process.
Root Canal Treatment FAQ
What are signs that a root canal is needed?
Teeth that are infected or damaged internally may require a root canal or another endodontic treatment in order to be saved. Common signs that a root canal may be needed include:
- Tooth pain or ache
- Darkening of a tooth
- Temperature sensitivity
- Discomfort upon biting or chewing
- Pimple-like blister on the gums near the tooth
- Swelling or inflammation of the gums around the tooth
If you have any of these signs or symptoms or need to find a dentist who provides root canal treatment in Seattle, WA, Dental@888 can help.
What can I expect after having a root canal?
Following your root canal, you may notice some sensitivity around the treatment area. This should subside naturally over the next several days. It is often best to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth until a restoration has been placed. Dr. Kussick and our team will provide instructions on how to care for your tooth as it heals. Antibiotics may be prescribed to further address infection, and pain relievers may be suggested to help manage any post-treatment discomfort.
Will I need a dental crown after having a root canal?
Root canals remove the pulp (or nerve center and blood supply) to a tooth, which can cause them to become brittle and more likely to break over time. As a result, a dental restoration must be placed. To protect a root canal-treated tooth, we often recommend placing a dental crown, which offers full coverage and helps strengthen the tooth structure. During your consultation, Dr. Kussick can discuss the type of restoration ideal for meeting your oral health needs.
Save Your Tooth and Smile
Chipped and abscessed teeth could introduce a wide range of dental and total health concerns if ignored or left untreated. Thanks to progress in contemporary dentistry, a root canal performed at Dental@888 can save your tooth and ultimately, your oral health. Get in touch with our practice in Seattle, WA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kussick, and learn more about our endodontics technique for root canal treatment.