Root Canal Therapy In Redmond

Signs That You Need A Root Canal

Serious and painful toothache that lasts 1-3 days or longer

Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing, as well as hot or cold foods

Swelling and inflammation of the gum tissue around the affected tooth

Visible darkening or discoloration of the tooth

Save And Restore Your Tooth With A Root Canal

Root canal therapy in Redmond is the best way to save your tooth if it has become infected. At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel specializes in endodontic treatment and can provide you with the best possible results. Immediate treatment for your infected tooth is essential to prevent further complications, and to eliminate your pain and discomfort. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and get the help you need right away.

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What Is A Root Canal? The Basics

A root canal is a treatment that’s used to restore an infected tooth. Teeth become infected when the exterior layers of the tooth are seriously damaged by extensive tooth decay or dental trauma. This exposes the “pulp” inside your tooth, which is full of nerves and blood vessels, and keeps your tooth alive.

If left untreated, an infected tooth will eventually die and require extraction from your mouth. Root canal therapy is used to avoid this. Dr. Bickel will open up the tooth, remove the infected material, eliminate the infection, and restore your tooth. This preserves your bite and your smile, and ensures you get relief from the pain of an infected tooth.

Understanding The Root Canal Process

The root canal process is quite simple and straightforward to understand. To begin, Dr. Bickel will clean and numb your mouth. Once your mouth is numb, he will begin removing any damaged or decayed tooth material from your mouth with a dental drill. Then, he will create a small opening in the tooth, and use a variety of dental tools to extract decayed, infected pulp and tissue from inside the tooth.

After the inside of the tooth has been cleaned, it will be flushed with disinfectant to sanitize it and eliminate any remaining bacteria. Then, the pulp that was removed will be replaced with an inert material to strengthen the tooth. Finally, Dr. Bickel will restore and seal the tooth with a filling or a dental crown, completing the procedure.

Do Root Canals Hurt? What You Need To Know

Despite what you may have learned from popular culture, root canals are not a painful procedure. In fact, the process of having a root canal is only a little bit more invasive than having a filling placed. Your mouth will be completely numb throughout the procedure, and you won’t feel a thing.

While your tooth may feel a bit sore and tender for a few days afterward, there is no other pain or discomfort commonly associated with root canal therapy. In the extremely rare event that you experience severe pain after your root canal, this is a sign that your tooth may need further treatment from Dr. Bickel.

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