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One of the most debilitating experiences is the acute pain produced by an infected tooth. This intense discomfort is in a category all its own and demands immediate dental treatment. Not only does the tooth need to be treated to eliminate the pain, it is also a matter of protecting your general health. Neglecting an infected tooth can lead to a variety of serious problems.

If there is sufficient healthy structure, root canal therapy will salvage the tooth, eliminate the infection and alleviate the pain. When the nerve of a tooth has been compromised either by damage or decay it must be removed if the tooth is to remain intact. This process is done under anesthesia to manage the pain. All decay is removed from the tooth, then the nerve is removed from the root canal. Once the nerve is removed the area is completely cleaned out and sterilized. Next, a special filling called gutta-percha is placed in the canal and it is sealed off to prevent any contamination.

The tooth is then filled appropriately. Often a crown is used to give the tooth additional strength and protection because root canal therapy tends to cause the tooth to become brittle, since the nourishing properties of the nerve are no longer available.


Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!

Too often, the root canal procedure is thought to be the cause of the pain experienced because of an infected tooth. The discomfort is actually a result of the nerve of the tooth dying and the ensuing swelling of tissues as the body tries to fight off the infection caused by bacteria. Root canal therapy cleans away diseased tissue and removes the nerve, thus eliminating the discomfort.

At Pacific NW Dental Center, we understand the discomfort caused by infected teeth. We provide a calm and soothing atmosphere in which to eliminate the problem with care and consideration. For painless root canal therapy in a relaxing environment, contact us. We will have you feeling better fast.

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

Can you be sedated during a root canal?

Yes! In addition to numbing the area around the tooth, we also offer sedation for patients with dental anxiety. Our goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible during your root canal, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you’re interested in sedation at your consultation.

Is root canal therapy considered surgery?

It depends. There are surgical and non-surgical root canal treatments, it just depends on the severity of the case. Non-surgical root canals are essentially a deep filling placed inside of the tooth. Surgical root canals are necessary when there are small fractures, damage to the surrounding bone, or small/hidden canals that a dentist can’t see with X-ray imaging. We’ll thoroughly examine your tooth to determine which type of root canal best fits your needs.

What do I need to do after a root canal?

Aftercare varies from patient to patient which is why we’ll send you home with a personalized set of aftercare instructions to ensure that you have a speedy recovery. From cleaning tips to food restrictions to medications, you will have a comprehensive guide to navigating your oral health after your root canal so that you can heal quickly!

Is root canal therapy affordable?

At Pacific NW Dental Center, we do everything in our power to help you have access to the high-quality treatments you need. We offer and accept a variety of payment methods and will work with you to fit a healthy smile into your budget. At your consultation, we’ll be able to provide you with a personalized cost breakdown of your treatment and walk you through your payment options.

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