A root canal can save your natural teeth, preventing the need for extractions. If you have a painful or sensitive tooth that’s inflamed or infected, Mark Herzog, DMD, and his experienced dental team can help at family-owned Issaquah Dental Health in Issaquah, Washington. He performs root canals to save an infected tooth and restore your smile. Schedule an appointment over the phone with Issaquah Dental Health for a dental exam today or use the online scheduler.
You might require a root canal — also known as endodontic therapy — to save a damaged or decaying tooth when it’s inflamed or infected. Signs you might need a root canal, which involves removing infected tooth pulp, include:
After careful examination and an X-ray of your tooth and surrounding tissue, Dr. Herzog lets you know if a root canal is necessary to save a damaged tooth and avoid extraction. You’ll schedule a subsequent visit with Dr. Herzog if a root canal is the right choice for you.
Before your root canal, Dr. Herzog numbs your tooth and the area surrounding it so you’re comfortable during the procedure. He places a dental dam, or sterile protective membrane, around the area to isolate the affected tooth and protect other teeth during treatment.
Dr. Herzog drills a small hole in the top of your tooth, allowing him access to its pulp and root. He uses a special dental tool to painlessly remove decaying soft tissue in the inside of the tooth, cleans the area, and sterilizes it before filling the empty chamber with a special material. Finally, he seals the tooth shut and removes the dental dam.
After a root canal, your tooth might feel sensitive for several days. Dr. Herzog can prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection. You’ll schedule a follow-up appointment soon after the procedure so Dr. Herzog can examine your tooth or add a crown, if necessary.
Care for your restored tooth by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and attending regular dental cleanings and exams. Wear a protective mouth guard during contact sports and extreme physical activities. With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you suspect a tooth infection because of pain and inflammation, schedule an exam over the phone with Dr. Herzog as soon as possible or book an appointment online to save your tooth.