Seattle Experts In Endodontics, 32 Pearls, Can Help You Be Pain-Free
When a tooth’s nerve or pulp area becomes diseased or injured, a root canal or endodontic treatment may help you save the tooth. If the unhealthy pulp is not removed, your tooth becomes infected, and you could lose it. During a root canal, the dentist removes the pulp, cleanse the root canal, and seals the canal to protect it. Once you heal, your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Generally, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort and overall produces less pain.
Root Canals are no longer the scary procedure often overexploited by TV, Hollywood, and advertising which make you believe you have a fear of the dentist. Being afraid of the dentist isn’t cool anymore, and even more so, an unclean mouth will not get you a date.
If you do have a severe case of the dental “frights” but are more than aware you have to get treatment, Seattle 32 Pearls, and Tacoma 32 Pearls offers solutions for orthodontal anxiety or fear of the dentist.
For most cases, including root canals, you will receive a sedative consultation and meet the team who will take the pain out of your root canal treatment. The staff at 32 Pearls are pain management experts who take anxiety of the dentist and pain relief very seriously and have rendered methods in place to help you repair your less cost oral hygiene in complete comfort. Please see our blog and service page below to find out more information about soothing your dental anxiety fears.
Mild discomfort is normal with a root canal procedure. Be sure to alert our staff at any moment that you feel discomfort, and we will take care of you.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Sometimes people do not need the very procedure they think they are afraid of. Just in case, here are a few symptoms that, if not taken care of earlier, could lead to a root canal.
- Pain or discomfort while chewing
- Pain or discomfort while brushing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
- An ignored cracked tooth, broken tooth or a chipped tooth
- Swollen, inflamed or tender gums
- Dark color in or around gums
- Itchy or pimple-like areas around gums
Myths About Root Canal Treatment
You can be in control and confident about dental procedures when you know the truth about root canal treatment.
- All root canals are extremely painful.
This simply isn’t true. Exaggerated pain associated with root canals may have been a source of discouragement in the dark ages. Now on the verge of 2020, the world of dental arts treatment has grown exponentially so far you may not even know that going to the dentist is more of a treat than in the past.
2. Unexplained illnesses appear with a root canal.
Root canals or other unexplained illness does not appear with dental treatment. Sometimes a patient does not follow-up correctly or follow directions, which can cause a slower recovery, but at 32 Pearls, our patients heal with flying colors and healthy white teeth.
3. Pulling the tooth instead of a root canal is easier.
This is just plain false. The goal of a dentist allows the patient to keep all of their teeth durable and long-lasting. A root canal will save your tooth, and endodontic treatment is highly successful. A pulled tooth will require additional multiple visits and costs to replace the tooth.
Root Canal Treatments, and Facts
- 15 million root canals are performed every year
- More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day
- Endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2
- 45% of people have heard of a root canal specialist
- Nearly half of people surveyed would prefer root canal treatment by a specialist
- 89% of patients are satisfied after root canal treatment by an endodontist
- Most people have strong, negative feelings about losing their teeth
- Up to 15% of people in the U.S. avoid seeking dental care because of misconceptions and fears
- 94% of dentists have positive or very positive perceptions of endodontists and the care they provide
Root Canal Procedure
Now you can handle your root canal procedure by knowing the facts. The outside of your teeth contains an enamel coating over a dental layer known as dentin. The denten protects a layer of softer tissue called pulp. The inner tissue or pulp encases all of your connective tissues plus blood vessels and nerves inside of your tooth. The pulp helps keep the growth of the root healthy. A fully developed tooth does not need the pulp and can be extracted to save the tooth if needed.
Endodontics or root canal treatment focuses on pulp within the tooth. Disease or injury to this area can affect the tooth and be saved with a root canal.
The staff at 32 Pearls are specialized endodontists in the treatment and advancement of root canal therapy and use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure the success of your root canal.
- The area of your mouth is numb to remove any feeling from the direct area of the procedure. Sedation or an anesthetic is applied based on your conference and post-op counseling.
- The tooth is cleaned, dried, and free of saliva.
- The crown of the tooth is opened for inside access to the tooth’s chamber.
- A disinfected solution is poured into the canal to rinse the tooth and kill the infection.
- The pulp is removed from the tooth, and the area is shaped and open.
- The area where the pulp was removed is sealed.
- A temporary filling is used to close the area.
- A fully restored tooth with filling or crown will finish the procedure.
How fast can I recover from a root canal?
Fast. Most people return to work or regular activity in a few hours. Swelling subsides between two to four hours. Resting is best.
Call 32 Pearls Endodontists root canal specialists at (206) 322-8862 for a consultation or see our Seatle 32 Pearls or Tacoma 32 Pearls contact page on this website to ask questions to a live consultant, email us or leave a message.