Root Canal Specialist

Cascadia Dental Specialists

Endodontists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Bellevue, WA

According to the American Association of Endodontists, it’s estimated that over 41 thousand root canals are performed in the United States every day. That’s a lot of infected teeth. If you want an expert root canal in a comfortable, stress-free setting, contact the professionals at Cascadia Dental Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, today for a consultation.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

When the nerve of the tooth is severely decayed or infected, a root canal can save the tooth. The inside of your tooth is made up of nerves, and blood vessels called the “pulp” of the tooth. During a root canal treatment, the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, and the tooth is sealed.

When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it breaks down, multiplying bacteria inside of the tooth. If left unchecked, this can turn into an abscess. This infection can cause:

  • Swelling
  • Bone loss
  • Drainage problems in the tooth

This occurs when deep decay, cracks, or chips in the tooth allow bacteria to get inside.

There is a stigma around the root canal procedure that it is excruciating. Often, what people are referring to is the discomfort leading up to the procedure, which the actual treatment can help cure. Many patients compare the pain of the procedure itself to that of having a filling placed.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Most people who need a root canal are experiencing unignorable pain. You may also have:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to temperature
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Acne on the gums

If any combination of these symptoms is present, you may need a root canal. Of course, the only way to be sure is to get it confirmed by a dentist, as some people in need of a root canal do not show any of these symptoms.

How is a root canal performed?

Your dentist at Cascadia Dental Specialists starts by performing an X-ray to see if there are signs of infection. Using a local anesthetic, they numb the toot

To keep the area dry, they place a rubber dam around the tooth. Once you’re numb, a hole is drilled in the tooth. The specialist goes to work removing the pulp, including any bacteria and other debris. A combination of water or sodium hypochlorite may be used to wash the inside of the tooth; then the specialist will seal it.

At your next appointment, your Cascadia Dental Specialists provider makes sure your tooth is doing well. Contact Cascadia Dental Specialists today if you need a root canal.