Painless Root Canal Treatments in Issaquah, WA

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Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is a relatively painless treatment that aims to clear infection and protecting the tooth from subsequent infections. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause infection. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This not only puts your jawbone at risk for injury, but also can be detrimental to your overall health.

At Issaquah Dental Health, Dr. Herzog and his team of dental technicians can expertly remove the decay and ensure you feel completely at ease during the process. We have years of experience treating patients from all walks of life, and we’ll ensure you love the final results. Contact us today.

Call (425) 392-1010 today to schedule your root canal appointment with Dr. Herzog today at our Issaquah dental practice.
We are an in-network dentist with most dental insurance plans such as Delta Dental, Regence, Premera, Aetna, Cigna and more. Our office is located immediately off of I-90 and are open the first Saturday of each month.

Signs you may need a root canal

While not all oral pain or discomfort indicates the need for a root canal, ongoing discomfort when you eat or speak could indicate a “red flag” that something’s not right. Other signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

We can accurately determine if these conditions are due to underlying disease in your gums or soft tissue in your mouth. We may conduct a digital x-ray to help pinpoint the cause of discomfort in your mouth, and if decay is found, we’ll then schedule an endodontic therapy date. Root canals are typically covered by most insurance plans; however, it’s best to check with your provider to be sure. We’re happy to answer your questions and ensure you feel at ease about this important oral care treatment.

How does a root canal work?

Once we’ve determined that a root canal is necessary, we’ll set a procedure date that best works with your schedule. On the day of the procedure we’ll administer local anesthesia by injections to numb the surrounding tissue and ensure you feel no discomfort.

We’ll then apply a “dental dam,” or sterile protective membrane to the targeted area, ensuring your other teeth are protected during the procedure and isolating the tooth or teeth that need the treatment. A very small access hole will then be drilled into the tooth, allowing us to access the pulp chamber and root.

Using a specialty tool, we’ll painlessly remove the decaying soft tissue and clean out the pulp chamber. We’ll then sterilize and disinfect the interior of your tooth before filling the empty chamber with a sterile and durable compound, seal the access hole, and remove the dental dam.

After the procedure, we may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent any infection. If a portion of your tooth is missing, a separate procedure to implant a crown will take place. The entire process is designed to be painless and thorough. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.

Frequently asked questions about root canals

How can I prevent a root canal?

Most root canals are needed due to trauma or accidents to the tooth, so wearing a protective mouth guard during sports or extreme physical activities is advised. Ensuring you maintain proper dental hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth and receiving annual dental exams are also a good way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Are root canals safe?

Over 25 million root canals are performed by licensed dentists every year. Dr. Herzog and his team have years of experience with this procedure and will ensure your safety and comfort throughout the treatment.

Are root canals painful?

We use both topical and injected numbing agents to ensure you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. We can also use anesthesia upon request, though most patients don’t require it. Contact us today for more information.

How long is the root canal procedure?

Typically, the entire procedure lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.

Will I experience pain or discomfort after the procedure?

You may feel some discomfort in the days following the procedure. For this reason, we suggest taking care when you eat and using over the counter pain medications as needed. Most patients confirm the discomfort abates with time. If the pain is consistent for several days after the operation, please contact us immediately.

Call (425) 392-1010 today to schedule your root canal appointment with Dr. Herzog today at our Issaquah dental practice.

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