What is a root canal?

A root canal is needed when an injury or infection damages a tooth’s root structure. It is often, though not always, possible to save even very damaged teeth with a root canal procedure. The process is straightforward, and not nearly as painful as some people fear.

First, the tooth is thoroughly numbed. Then a small opening is made in the tooth from the crown to the root chamber. The canals are thoroughly cleaned to remove infection and unhealthy tissue, and then filled and sealed with a biocompatible material. If necessary, a post is placed in one or more canals to help support the tooth. A temporary filling is then placed until a crown is fabricated.

Root canals have a frightening reputation, but there is no need to be afraid. Your dentist will use the latest techniques to minimize pain and reduce healing time. Most people are back to functioning as normal within a couple of days of a root canal.

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.