Seattle Root Canal Treatment
Toothaches can happen to anyone, regardless of their age or oral health history. They can be caused by many different factors, with some being minor and easily resolved while others are more serious and will require professional intervention. For instance, if you have a tooth that’s infected, undergoing endodontic treatment may be necessary to restore the comfort and health of your smile. With a root canal treatment at Junction Dental, Dr. Iversen and his trusted team can help preserve your natural tooth and improve your oral health. Here’s what you should know before scheduling your appointment.
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What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment (RCT) is a procedure that is used to clean and disinfect the internal tooth root and nerve. The term “root canal” can refer to the physical internal anatomy of a tooth nerve or it can also refer to the actual procedure that’s used to treat an infected tooth. This treatment involves cleaning and disinfecting the internal root and nerve of a tooth with specialized instruments called files and irrigants. The root anatomy is sealed with a biocompatible, inert material called Gutta Percha. You may be a good candidate for a root canal treatment if your tooth is experiencing pain, severe cracks, trauma, fractures, and/or large cavities that compromise or expose the root, nerve, or pulp of the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
Having to undergo a root canal treatment can sound scary, but it has become a routine dental procedure that can usually be completed quickly and comfortably. Here’s what you can expect to happen during your root canal procedure at Junction Dental:
- Our root canal dentist, Dr. Iversen will make sure the surrounding area of your infected tooth is completely numb using local anesthesia.
- Next, he will remove the infection and pulp from inside the tooth.
- Lastly, either a temporary filling or a final filling and/or a crown will be placed to seal and protect the tooth.
Referral to an Endodontist if Necessary
General dentists can treat simple to complex root canals depending on their level of training and experience. In some circumstances, receiving a referral to a specialist, also known as an Endodontist, may be necessary to address complex conditions. At Junction Dental, Dr. Iversen’s team is well-prepared to efficiently assess and treat toothaches with simple root canal procedures. If your particular oral health situation is more complex, we will be happy to give you a rapid referral to an excellent Endodontist in West Seattle.
Benefits of Root Canals
If you have an infected tooth, a root canal treatment can offer many benefits, including:
- Alleviating dental pain
- Restoring the function of your mouth
- Preserving your natural tooth
What Are Alternatives to Root Canals?
Typically, if the nerve of your tooth is compromised, a root canal treatment is the only option to preserve your natural tooth. Pulling the tooth is the only other treatment option to relieve pain, restore your oral health, and begin the healing process.
Root Canal Cost
The cost of your root canal treatment will depend on your dental insurance plan. Please contact our West Seattle family dentistry if you have any questions about what your dental insurance policy includes.
Schedule a Root Canal Consultation in Seattle
If you are suffering from a severe toothache, don’t wait to seek professional help. Addressing oral health concerns sooner than later can ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible. At Junction Dental, our experienced team can help restore the comfort, function, and health of your tooth with a simple root canal treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Iversen!