Root Canals

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Root Canals

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure designed to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. At Smiles for Maple Valley, we understand the importance of preserving natural teeth, and root canal treatment allows us to do just that.

Why Need Root Canals?

The need for a root canal arises when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma. If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to severe pain, abscess formation, and even tooth loss.

How Root Canals Work

The root canal treatment process begins with a thorough examination and diagnostic imaging to determine the extent of infection or damage. Our experienced dentists will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. They will then create a small access point on the tooth's surface to reach the infected or damaged pulp inside.

Using specialized instruments, the infected pulp, nerves, and any debris are carefully removed from the tooth's root canals. The canals are then shaped, cleaned, and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection. In some cases, an antimicrobial solution may be used to ensure the complete sterilization of the canals.

Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned, they are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material seals off the canals, preventing bacteria from re-entering and causing reinfection. In certain cases, a temporary filling may be placed to protect the tooth between appointments.

After the root canal procedure, a dental crown is often recommended to restore strength and protect the treated tooth. The dental crown provides an extra layer of protection, ensuring the long-term durability and functionality of the tooth. Our skilled dentists will take impressions of the treated tooth to create a custom-made crown that matches the natural shape and color of your teeth.

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The Benefits of Root Canals

Root canal treatment not only eliminates pain and infection but also saves your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction and further dental procedures. With advancements in modern dentistry and our dentists' expertise, the root canal procedure is now more comfortable and efficient than ever before.

At Smiles for Maple Valley, we prioritize your comfort and care throughout the entire root canal treatment process. Our compassionate team will ensure you are well-informed, answering any questions you may have and providing gentle and precise treatment. With our commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction, you can trust us to deliver top-quality root canal treatment to save and restore your tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from the inside of a tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing it.
Why might I need a root canal?
Root canals are typically needed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, chips, or trauma. The procedure is done to save the tooth from extraction.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Common signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and discoloration of the tooth.
Is a root canal a painful procedure?
Modern techniques and anesthesia make root canals relatively comfortable. Patients may experience some soreness after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
How long does a root canal procedure take?
The duration of a root canal depends on the complexity of the case. On average, the procedure takes one to two hours. Additional appointments may be necessary for restoring the tooth with a crown.
What happens during a root canal?
The dentist will numb the area, create an opening in the tooth, remove the infected pulp, clean the canals, fill them with a biocompatible material, and seal the tooth. In many cases, a crown is placed to restore the tooth's strength and appearance.
Is there an alternative to a root canal?
The primary alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction. However, extracting a tooth can lead to other dental issues and may require additional treatments like dental implants or bridges.
How long does a root canal last?
With proper care, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are essential for long-term success.
Is there anything I should do after a root canal?
After a root canal, it's important to follow any post-operative instructions provided by your dentist. You may be prescribed pain medication, and you should avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it's fully restored with a crown.
Will my tooth look and feel normal after a root canal?
Yes, with a properly placed crown, your tooth should look and feel natural. The crown will restore the tooth's strength and appearance.
Does insurance cover the cost of a root canal?
Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of a root canal. Our staff can assist in verifying insurance coverage and discussing any out-of-pocket expenses.
Can I drive home after a root canal?
In most cases, you should be able to drive yourself home after a root canal. However, if you receive sedation, you may need someone to drive you.

Disclaimer: Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our dentists at Smiles for Maple Valley for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our Maple Valley dentist office at (425) 432-0561.

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