Root Canals Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Is tooth pain affecting your ability to chew, laugh, or smile? If so, then you may be in need of a root canal. The smile experts at Smile Now® Dental in Spanaway, Tacoma, and Arlington, Washington, offer root canal therapy to alleviate tooth pain and prevent your tooth infection from spreading any further. A root canal helps salvage your tooth if it’s in danger of requiring an extraction. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, facial sensitivity, or any other worrisome warning signs, call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online now.

Root Canals Q & A

How do I know if I have a tooth infection?

Many patients experience no symptoms when they have a tooth infection, but the most common warning signs include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum inflammation
  • Facial pain
  • Redness around the gums
  • Facial swelling

When left untreated, the pain from a tooth infection can be debilitating, making it difficult to chew, laugh, or even smile without pain. The sooner the infection is treated, the shorter your recovery time will be.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment used to save a damaged or infected tooth from falling out or requiring an extraction. When a tooth infection is left untreated, it can spread outside of the tooth and cause your surrounding bone to deteriorate.

Tooth infections begin in your tooth’s pulp — the soft material inside of your tooth’s chamber that is surrounded by hard dentin and enamel. Your tooth’s pulp contains nerves and tissue that are vital during the development of your teeth. Once your tooth has fully developed, however, your pulp is no longer needed.

What is involved in a root canal?

When your pulp becomes severely damaged or infected, a root canal removes it, alleviating pain and preventing the infection from spreading to your surrounding teeth or bone. Once you decide on root canal therapy, the first step is to take X-rays, which help determine whether the infection has spread beyond the inside of your tooth.

Your Smile Now Dental professional then uses an anesthetic to numb your damaged tooth before the procedure. Next, a tiny hole is drilled into your tooth to access the pulp. The pulp, nerves, bacteria, and other debris are completely removed and cleaned, instantly stopping your infection from spreading.

After the inside of your tooth is cleaned out, it’s sealed using a filler called gutta percha and a sealer paste. A filling is typically placed over the top of your tooth to protect it from further damage. If needed, a dental crown may be placed over your tooth to keep it strong and healthy.

Root canal therapy can help save a tooth in danger of requiring extraction. To find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment, call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online today.