Root Canal Therapy

As an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy is used to remove infected or inflamed root pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. This helps reduce swelling and discomfort, allowing the tooth to heal.

Is Root Canal Therapy Right for Me?

Root canal therapy is recommended for individuals who have a tooth with deep decay, a large cavity, or an infection that has reached the pulp. Signs that a root canal may be necessary include persistent tooth pain, swelling, tenderness and sensitivity to temperature changes. If the tooth can be saved and has enough healthy structure to support a crown after the procedure, root canal therapy may be the ideal solution to alleviate discomfort and save the tooth.

The Treatment Process

The root canal therapy process typically involves several steps. First, our dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure a painless procedure. Next, a small access hole is created in the tooth to reach the infected pulp. The pulp is carefully removed, and the root canals are cleaned, shaped, and disinfected. The canals are then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha, and a temporary filling is placed. A dental crown is placed over the tooth to seal it during a second appointment.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can:

  • Relieve intense tooth discomfort caused by infection or inflammation of the pulp.
  • Maintain proper chewing and biting function by saving the natural tooth.
  • Prevent neighboring teeth from shifting.
  • Preserve the natural appearance of the smile.
  • Eliminate the need for costly and complex tooth replacements.

Find Relief Today!

If you are experiencing persistent tooth pain or suspect you may need root canal therapy in Mill Creek, Washington, do not delay seeking treatment. Call 360 Dental of Mill Creek at 425-999-8159 and schedule a visit with Dr. Jasmeet Punia.