Root Canal

Thi Nguyen, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Tacoma Dental Care

Thi Nguyen, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA

A root canal might sound a little scary, but sometimes they’re necessary to end the pain of an infected tooth and prevent damage to your gums and jawbone. The caring team of dentists at Tacoma Dental Care will keep you comfortable and relaxed during your root canal procedure. Don’t wait to get help for an infected tooth root. Call the office in Tacoma, Washington, today to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment for a severely infected tooth root. During a root canal procedure, your skilled Tacoma Dental Care provider removes the bacteria that is causing your infection along with the nerve tissue within the root of your tooth to end your pain and preserve your tooth body. A root canal also prevents the infection from spreading into your gums or jawbone, which can lead to more serious oral health complications.

What causes an infection in the root of my tooth?

Bacteria that are present in your mouth is responsible for the infection that causes cavities. Your tooth can also become infected if it’s cracked or broken. If you have an untreated cavity or an injured tooth, the infection eventually spreads into your tooth pulp and the nerve tissue in your tooth root. An untreated infection in the tooth root can lead to gum disease and loss of bone in your jaw over time.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

Infection of soft tissue inside your tooth can cause severe pain, especially when it reaches the nerve. Some common symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Tooth pain at rest and/or when chewing
  • Sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Jaw pain
  • Darkening of tooth enamel
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple
  • Pus around the affected tooth

If your tooth is infected, you may also have halitosis, or bad breath.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

The team performs root canals under local anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Your provider may use a rubber film called a dental dam to isolate your tooth during your root canal. When your tooth is completely numb, your dentist makes a small hole in your tooth and removes the infected tooth root and other infected tissue through this hole.

When all of the diseased material has been cleared from the inside of your tooth, your dentist rinses it thoroughly and fills it in with an adhesive material. You’ll go home after your procedure with a temporary crown. When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to the office, and your dentist will check the fit of the crown and then bond it in place permanently.

For permanent relief from an infected tooth, call Tacoma Dental Care today, or make an appointment online.