Root Canal Vancouver, WA

A root canal will save your natural tooth that is severely damaged. At Cascade Dental, our dentists will complete a thorough diagnosis of your tooth and the infected tissue. A root canal is only recommended if your natural tooth can be saved. Alternatively, further progression of your infection in the root of your tooth may require a tooth extraction.

Keep in mind, pain will not always accompany your infected tooth. Your dentist may find the infected area during a regular dental exam. Hence, this is another reason for you visit your dentist a minimum of two times per year for regular cleanings and comprehensive examinations.

Root Canal Procedure

Your dentist delivers the news, "You need a root canal procedure to save your tooth." At that moment, you're not exactly conjuring up thoughts of fun and excitement.

Good news, your root canal procedure will remove infected tooth pulp and disinfect the area that is affected. Next, your root canal dentist at Cascade Dental in Vancouver will examine your tooth and discuss options with you to restore your natural tooth. At Cascade Dental, our goal is to save your natural tooth.

You may experience symptoms listed below. Similarly, you have have been affected by some of the common causes that require a root canal procedure:

  • Inflamed, infected or damaged dental pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Cavity from extensive tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Trauma to your teeth or another type of dental injury
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Root Canal Therapy

Typically, root canal therapy is the most effective way to treat your abscessed tooth. Choosing a dentist that specializes in this type of procedure can help to make the root canal as easy and painless as possible. You can lower your risk of developing a tooth abscess by visiting your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings. Most importantly, do not allow cavities to go untreated for too long.

The objective of a root canal is to save the visible part of your tooth. For that reason, a root canal treatment requires the tooth structure that was removed be replaced with a “buildup” and a crown placed to seal and protect the tooth. Without the buildup and crown, you risk fracturing the remaining tooth structure from your natural tooth. 

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Several years ago, root canal pain was a common experience for patients. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made the root canal procedure virtually pain-free. Generally, the only pain you will experience during a root canal procedure will be from the local anesthesia. Any discomfort from the local anesthesia will last one or two seconds. Your dentist may also provide nitrous oxide to make you more comfortable.

Root Canal Explained

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A root canal is needed when the nerve of a tooth has become damaged by injury or infected by decay. This procedure saves the tooth and can help restore it to natural function.

For the first step of this procedure, your doctor numbs the area and then creates an opening in the tooth to access the root’s interior. Your doctor will then remove the infected tissue, and flush and clean the area.

Next, your dentist fills the root with a special sealing material, and the opening is filled and sealed.

The tooth has now been saved and restored to its natural function.

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