With today’s modern technology, a root canal procedure is about as easy and routine as having a cavity filled. It also helps relieve the pain caused by the infection and preserves your tooth. To help preserve your teeth, the dentists at Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center offer expert root canal procedures to their clients in Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington. To find out how you can benefit from a root canal procedure, call or book an appointment online.
The ultimate goal of performing a root canal procedure is to preserve the integrity of your existing teeth, allowing you to avoid the hassle of having to replace them. More immediately, a root canal procedure gets rid of the infection inside your tooth.
To better understand the procedure, it’s helpful to step back and review the anatomy of your teeth. Each of your teeth contains one to three nerves deep within, which are encased in your root canal and surrounded by pulp. A root canal infection happens when bacteria get into your pulp because of a compromise in your tooth’s outer layers.
The infection can often cause moderate to severe pain, especially when you apply direct pressure to the tooth.
To get rid of the infection and save your tooth, one of the dentists at Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center starts by drilling a hole to access your pulp. Rest assured that the dentist makes you are perfectly comfortable by giving you an anesthetic during the procedure.
Once he has access to your root canal, he removes the infected pulp and disinfects the area. He then fills in the canal with a rubber-like compound called gutta-percha.
More often than not, the dentist recommends that you get a crown to cover your tooth. For starters, the reason your root canal became infected is likely because your tooth was compromised in the first place, either due to injury or excessive dental work.
Second, because the integrity of your tooth may be weakened during the procedure, a crown provides added protection.
Because Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center has an on-site lab, you don’t have to wait long for your new crown. Using durable materials and state-of-the-art equipment, the technicians create your crown and make any tweaks necessary right in their offices.
To get the best in root canal work, call Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.