Endodontics is an ADA-recognized specialty focused on the nerves and tissue surrounding the pulp of the teeth. The main procedure performed by endodontists is a root canal. At Sound Smiles Dental, in Bainbridge Island, we realize that many people have negative feelings surrounding root canals, and we make it our mission to change this perception to a positive one.
With the high level of care we provide, we can assure you that you will feel comfortable both during and after your root canal procedure.
Reasons for a root canal
Root canals are performed when a tooth is badly decayed or infected. Some indicators that you may need a root canal include:
- Throbbing, lingering pain (pain may be constant or come and go)
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Facial swelling near affected tooth
- Pain while chewing
- Injury to tooth (severe breaks or ships)
A root canal has the benefits of both saving the tooth (a tooth extraction is an alternative to a to a root canal) and relieving the pain and infection in your tooth. If a tooth infection requiring a root canal is not treated, the end result may include bone deterioration and other serious consequences.
In some cases, a tooth requiring a root canal is not very painful. However, delaying treatment will cause the decay to spread, likely leading to intense pain and infection.
Root canal procedure
At Sound Smiles Dental, we use the latest endodontic technology and safety standards to ensure your root canal experience is as comfortable as possible.
During a root canal, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. A permanent crown is ultimately placed over the tooth, so it will look and feel just like the rest of your teeth.
While root canals have the reputation of being painful, most patients report that it is no more painful than getting a regular filling. Depending on the several factors, including how many canals your tooth has, the procedure should take no longer than an hour or two.
Multiple specialties under one roof
While some dentists will refer you to another practice to get a root canal, we perform both endodontic care (root canals) and general dentistry under one roof. This makes the whole process more convenient for you. Contact us today, your Bainbridge Island Endondontics dental team, to if you think you might need a root canal, and we’ll get you the care you need.