What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure where infected pulp or dentin inside of a tooth is removed. The dentist creates a small opening through which they can extract the infected matter, clean the tooth, and reseal it. Root canals are instrumental in saving teeth and reducing the need for tooth extraction, and this is exactly the kind of work Dr. Zhu does faithfully for the Snoqualmie community.
The causes of tooth pain requiring a root canal can be many: deep tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth, teeth damaged by injuries, and infections in the mouth can all contribute to severe tooth pain. However, tooth pain is not the only sign that you may need a root canal. Some other concerning signs include:
- Hypersensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Pus inside the jawbone
- Pimples on the gums
- Swollen gums or jaw
- Severe and persistent gum or tooth pain
If you notice any of these symptoms, give us a call immediately for an evaluation. Whether the issue is tooth decay or another dental issue, we can identify the problem, help you manage any pain, and help you pursue the best solution.
Painless Root Canal
Judging by reputation, root canals are often associated with pain, but some of this association is undue. These days, between anesthetics and precision tools, root canals are often described by patients as relatively pain-free procedures. Our Better Way Dental office in Snoqualmie, WA, has state-of-art-technology that will ensure your root canal is as pain-free as can be.
Better Way Dental also outperforms other dental offices in offering same-day root canals for those experiencing extreme tooth pain due to tooth decay. Such infections are considered by Dr. Zhu and staff to be emergencies, and we go above and beyond to save real teeth and fight pain with relief.
What To Expect From A Root Canal
Depending on the issue and its severity, your root canal may look different from another patient’s. Most root canal procedures cause some discomfort a couple days immediately following the procedure, but some people even feel well enough to return to school or work. Most pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications, and the discomfort generally lessens over the course of several days. However, some people report little to no pain after a root canal; factors are unique to each patient and the nature of their procedure. Regardless, each of Dr. Zhu’s patients receives an individualized post-procedure checklist to guide them through their recovery up to their follow-up appointment.
Better Way Dental: Relief From Pain
If you or a family member in the Snoqualmie, Tokul, or North Bend communities is experiencing extreme dental pain, contact Better Way Dental right away to receive a professional consultation and learn your treatment options.
We understand that tooth infections are extremely painful, and we accordingly prioritize these cases to relieve and treat severe tooth pain immediately. Contact us to learn more and to schedule an appointment. Don’t accept that you have to “live with tooth pain.” Tooth pain is a sign something is wrong! Walk through life pain-free—the Better Way.