Root Canal Therapy – Maple Valley, WA
Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal
Your teeth can last for a lifetime with the right care at home and routine appointments with your dentist. Despite your best efforts, a tooth can still be damaged by an infection. To save it from needing to be removed, you may need a root canal in Maple Valley. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, you have nothing to fear. New advancements in dentistry now make them no worse than a traditional filling. At Four Corners Family Dentistry, we can save your smile with root canal therapy.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that extracts the inner layer of the tooth, called the pulp. It is among one of the most commonly performed restorative treatments; however, it is only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to save your tooth from an extraction.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Your tooth is composed of 3 layers. The hard layer your see is the enamel, which protects the dentin that lies beneath it. The dentin contains tiny tubes that connect to the inner layer, known as the pulp. When decay extends beyond the enamel and dentin, it can cause your pulp to become inflamed and infected. This can lead to a wide range of symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal, such as:
- Darkening of your tooth.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
- Pain when placing pressure on the tooth.
- Severe toothache.
- Pimple-like bump appearing on the gum near the tooth.
Even if you have one or more of these symptoms that does not mean a root canal is in your future. Your dentist performs a comprehensive consultation to ensure it is in your best interest before making their recommendation.
What Can I Expect?
After your initial consultation, you are scheduled for your procedure. We remove the areas of damage and extract the pulp using special dental tools. Your tooth is then sterilized before it is sealed with a material called gutta-percha. This helps seal out bacteria while also improving the integrity of your tooth.
To give your tooth an added layer of protection and to restore its function, a custom-made dental crown will be placed over it. This is a cap that covers the entire surface of your tooth to the gum line. A digital impression is taken to craft your crown to meet your exact size and shape needs. All-ceramic material allows it to be customized to match the color of your teeth. It can take the dental lab a couple of weeks to create it to meet your specifications, so a temporary one is placed over your tooth in the meantime. When your final one is ready, you return to our office to have your permanent crown bonded to your tooth.
Save Your Smile Today!
If you have a bad tooth, do not have it removed. We can save it from an extraction with root canal therapy. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.