Root Canals

Family & General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in University Place, WA
Root Canals

Root Canals services offered in University Place, WA

If you have a toothache and suspect your tooth is infected or decaying, turn to University Place Smiles in University Place, Washington. Their team can diagnose the cause of tooth pain and offer root canals to prevent further decay and tooth loss. Call University Place Smiles for an appointment or request one online today.

Root Canals Q&A

What are root canals?

A root canal is a type of tooth restoration treatment in which your University Place Smiles provider can remove bacteria and decay from the inside of your tooth or its pulp. They repair the tooth to prevent further decay, which can cause permanent tooth loss if left untreated.

What are signs I might need a root canal?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, see the University Place Smiles team for an evaluation:

  • A crack in your tooth
  • A deep hole or cavity
  • Tooth trauma
  • A toothache
  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Facial or gum swelling
  • Pus between your teeth
  • Tooth discoloration

The sooner you seek treatment for an infected, damaged, or decaying tooth, the better your chance of saving it.

Is a root canal right for me?

Your University Place Smiles provider can let you know if you’re a candidate for a root canal after reviewing the results of your dental X-rays, examining your teeth and gums, and discussing your symptoms. In the case of minor tooth decay or damage, they might be able to restore your tooth using a dental filling or crown instead of a root canal.

What should I expect when getting a root canal?

When getting a root canal at University Place Smiles, you relax in a comfortable dental chair. Your provider can numb the treatment area, so you don’t feel any discomfort. They make a small opening in the top of your tooth to gain access to its pulp. 

Your provider removes bacteria, decay, and diseased pulp. They clean out the inside of your tooth, fill the space with a special material known as gutta-percha, seal it, and restore the tooth with a permanent restoration. The University Place Smiles team might place a custom-fit crown over your tooth to strengthen it and protect it from future damage.

What happens after root canals?

After getting a root canal, your tooth might feel a little sensitive for a day or two. Take care of your newly restored tooth by brushing your teeth regularly, flossing daily, and not chewing on hard objects. If you experience worsening pain or a crown gets damaged, see the University Place Smiles team right away. 

At the first sign of a toothache, swelling, or hot and cold sensitivity, schedule an appointment with University Place Smiles. Call the office or book a consultation online today to determine if a root canal is right for you.