Issaquah Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy From Eastside Family Dentistry
Root canal therapy might have a scary reputation, but it’s one of the most common restorative dentistry procedures in the U.S. with 15 million of them performed every year.
When you get a root canal from Dr. Alexandra Cristescu at Eastside Family Dentistry, you have nothing to worry about. The procedure is simple, pain-free, and fast.
Understanding The Root Canal Therapy Process
Root canal therapy is used to remove infected pulp – the soft tissue located below the enamel of the tooth. In cases of severe tooth decay or impact damage to the tooth, this pulp can become infected and cause significant pain.
The process of administering root canal therapy is actually quite similar to filling a cavity.
First, Dr. Alexandra Cristescu will clean your tooth, and then drill a hole that allows her access to the pulp. Infected pulp is removed with specialized tools. The tooth is then disinfected and filled with a substance called gutta percha. This rubber-like material provides structure and support for the tooth and replaces the original pulp.
A filling is placed in the tooth to complete the process. Sometimes, more often with molars, further restoration is needed. A crown will be manufactured and placed, protecting your tooth from further damage.
Typically, there is almost no pain or discomfort, and the entire procedure can be performed in less than 90 minutes.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Think you might have an infected tooth? Here are a few of the common signs that indicate you may need root canal therapy:
- Serious, chronic toothache or pain
- Pain that radiates through the ear and jawbone
- Sensitivity when chewing, biting, and placing pressure
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tooth darkening or discoloration
- Swelling or the reddening of the gumline near a sensitive tooth
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Eastside Family Dentistry right away.
The Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is the best way to treat an infected tooth, for a variety of reasons:
- Save your original tooth – First, root canals let you save your original tooth. If you opt for a tooth extraction instead, you’ll have to replace your tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge, which can be costly or effect the integrity of your surrounding teeth. It’s always best to save your natural teeth.
- Inexpensive and fast – Root canals are significantly less expensive than a dental implant. If you still have options for treatment, why not go with the less expensive choice? Root canal therapy is also a relatively quick procedure, requiring one appointment for the procedure, and one to place the crown if needed.
- Relieves pain immediately – This is the biggest benefit of a root canal. Once infected pulp is removed, you’ll get relief from the pain of an infected tooth. Your tooth may be a bit sore for a few days, but this is certainly preferable to the pain of a severe toothache.
Understanding Root Canal Healing and Aftercare
Modern root canals are more precise than ever, but you will still need to heal and recover after your treatment. Luckily, root canals typically only cause discomfort for a few days.
In most cases, you will start to feel some mild pain, discomfort and sensitivity after the local anesthetic used in the root canal process wears off. Dr. Cristescu may prescribe you pain medication. If so, take it as directed. If not, you can use an over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with the pain. You can also use a topical numbing agent, like Orajel, if you wish.
You should continue to brush your teeth normally after a root canal, but be gentle around your treated tooth to avoid discomfort. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing hard foods on that side of your mouth for a few days.
Typically, you will stop experiencing any pain or discomfort after about 3-5 days. If your pain persists for a week or longer, you should definitely schedule a follow-up with Dr. Cristescu. It’s possible that the infection was not completely eliminated, so you may need another cleaning session.
Crown Placement After Root Canal Therapy
After your root canal therapy, you will usually have a temporary filling or crown placed to protect your tooth as it heals. 2-3 weeks after your treatment, you may need to come back to Eastside Family Dentistry for a permanent crown, which will protect your tooth. This is usually required if you have had a root canal on a molar or premolar (rear tooth) which experiences a lot of stress during chewing.
The process of having a crown placed usually takes two appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Cristescu will trim your tooth, if necessary, and then take impressions of your mouth.
Then, this information will be sent to a third party dental lab, where your crown will be made. You’ll come back for your second appointment in a few weeks, once your crown has been sent to our office. Then, it will be permanently bonded to your tooth, completing the procedure.
How Should I Care for My Crown?
Dental crowns do not require much special care. They look, feel, and act just like a natural tooth. That means that you should care for your crown just like you would care for any of your other teeth.
Brush at least twice per day for 2 minutes, and floss at least once per day. It is also important to come into our office to see Dr. Alexandra Cristescu for a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your crown will stay in great shape.
How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?
The longevity of your dental crown depends on how well you care for your teeth, whether or not you grind your teeth, and a number of other factors. However, in most cases, dental crowns will last 10-15 years or longer if you maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Experiencing Tooth Pain? Contact Us Today!
Tooth pain should never be ignored. If you are suffering from a severe toothache, you may need emergency dentistry from Dr. Alexandra Cristescu of Eastside Family Dentistry. We provide root canal therapy with a focus on patient comfort, minimally-invasive techniques, and affordable treatments.
Don’t risk losing your tooth to infection, and don’t suffer from tooth pain any longer. Contact us today for a root canal in Issaquah. You can schedule your appointment by phone at (425) 391-9200, or you can visit our office at 175 Northeast Gilman Boulevard., STE 101, Issaquah, Washington, 98027.
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