Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal treatment is a specialized process that is designed to clean out any major damage or decay that has occurred inside a tooth’s inner pulp. By doing this, we can restore the overall health of the tooth and retain its original structure. The treatment can save the tooth from extraction.
Beneath a tooth’s hard enamel exterior is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp is full of living material, including blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. It extends all the way down to the root tip in the jawbone. In most cases, the vulnerable pulp is protected by the enamel on the outside. But a deep cavity or oral injury can cause damage to the pulp and cause it to become infected. If the inside of the tooth begins to rot, then a root canal procedure will be needed to prevent the tooth from dying entirely.
A patient may require root canal treatment if they experience any of the following conditions:
- Severe toothache
- Temperature sensitivities
- Lymph node issues
- Swollen gums and abscesses
The first step when providing root canal treatment is to take digital X-rays of the immediate area. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and help prevent the patient from experiencing pain during the process. We will also apply a rubber sheet around the tooth during root canal treatment. This is called a dental dam, and it prevents the infection from spreading, while also keeping the tooth dry.
Our experts will use specialized dental tools to enter the inside of the tooth from the top. From there, any infected pulp and visible decay will be carefully cleaned out. After the inside has been cleaned, an antimicrobial liquid will be used to flush out the root canals. By doing this, we can eliminate any harmful material that is present all the way down to the tooth’s root. Our team will then seal the tooth using medicated fillings. The filling will encourage healing, and it will provide the tooth with structure and strength. To finish, we will cap the tooth with a dental crown. The crown will prevent any fractures or breakages from occurring, and it will give the treated tooth a natural appearance.
If you suspect that you may require root canal treatment, your best option is to seek help as early as possible. Our experts will work to save your damaged tooth and help you make a complete recovery. Please call us at (509) 747-5586 to schedule an appointment.
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“I went in today, after having the same dentist since I was a child. She retired, and Dr. Stein took her place. I was fearful, as I think trust is important in a dental relationship. I met Dr. Stein for the first time, and he put me at ease. Very professional, listened to my concerns, and did a painless filling and other services. I would highly recommend Dr. Stein if you are looking for a new dentist. Glad to see some of the same staff remaining as well.”
“I went in today for an X-ray and exam and I got so much more! Considering my dental insurance hasn’t kicked in yet I knew it would be expensive that being said I didn’t know what all I’d be getting done, when being told that I needed a root canal I was more than nervous about it (concerned about the cost) Dr. Stein Totally worked with my budget and set me up with a payment plan. Throughout my time there he kept saying “let’s get you out of pain first” He got me in a chair right away and took care of the root canal on the spot. I thought that was Quite impressive considering that some places will have you schedule another appointment with them For a later date, so with all that being said I’m very happy with his work even more so, happy that I’ve found a dentist. Feels good to be a part of the family.”
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