A root canal is a procedure designed to treat decay and damage in the deep, central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues and is located in narrow channels or canals that extend from the center of the tooth to the root and jaw bone. Sometimes, the pulp can become infected or damaged by trauma, and a root canal procedure is necessary to remove the damaged pulp so the tooth can be preserved. Teeth treated with root canals typically are covered with a crown to add strength and protection as well as to hide the darkening that occurs in a tooth that’s had the “living” pulp portion removed.
Root canals are performed using local anesthetics and sometimes combined with sedation to help patients relax and stay comfortable. During the procedure, a drill is used to access the central pulp portion of the tooth, then special tools are used to remove the damaged pulp. The cavity is cleaned of all debris then sealed and filled using a special filling material. Finally, the crown is applied, usually at a second visit.
At Sunrise Dental of Lynnwood, we use state-of-the-art pain management methods to control discomfort during the procedure so patients stay comfortable and relaxed. Once the procedure is complete, there may be some temporary discomfort or sensitivity similar to effects that occur following a traditional filling. Over-the-counter pain medication can help relieve these symptoms.
Except for extreme cases of damage or decay, it’s generally always better to try to preserve a natural tooth than to have it pulled. When a tooth is extracted, the natural bite balance and mechanics can be impaired, and that can result in uneven tooth wear, increased risk of decay, jaw pain, chronic headache, and even additional tooth loss. Root canals are also usually less costly than having an extraction followed by a denture, bridge, or dental implant.
At Sunrise Dental of Lynnwood, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept most PPO insurances to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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