The innermost portion of your tooth is called the dental pulp. This consists of the living connective tissue and cells, and it houses the tooth nerve and blood vessels as well. When this area of the tooth becomes damaged or infected, it can cause serious pain and discomfort. Common signs of damage and infection in the dental pulp include severe tooth pain (especially when chewing or biting down), increased tooth sensitivity, a darkening of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If not properly treated, tooth infection can eventually lead to the death of the tooth, necessitating tooth extraction. In order to prevent this and keep the infection from spreading, our dentist may recommend a treatment called root canal therapy. This treatment aims to restore the health of the tooth and relieve your painful symptoms.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Lois Lee removes the infected, damaged tissues from within the tooth. We may also need to reshape the root canal system. We fill the tooth with a medicated material, which helps to alleviate pain and prevent further infection. Finally, our dentist will cap the tooth with a restoration such as a dental crown to restore its structure and shape. We can typically complete a root canal in Lynnwood, Washington, in only one or two appointments at our office, and our team will make certain that each visit is as comfortable as possible. To learn more and to set up your next visit to Meadowdale Dental Clinic, we welcome you to contact our office today.