Root Canal Therapy in Bremerton, WA
Saving your natural teeth is a very important thing to do. Ideally, all of your teeth will stay happy, healthy, and looking fabulous for your whole life. Realistically, that probably won’t happen. Eventually your teeth will need some work done to restore or replace them. Fortunately, there are many different restorative procedures that allow us to save teeth in all kinds of states. Tooth loss should be avoided at all cost, and often, when the root of a tooth is infected by decay, removal is a possibility. With root canal therapy we can save teeth that would otherwise face costly removal and replacement, so that you can continue enjoying the use of your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
What is a root canal?A root canal is a procedure that is done to remove the root and the biological material within the tooth, so that it can continue to be viable. This kind of procedure becomes necessary when the tooth has experienced significant decay. When decay starts affecting the deep interior of the tooth, the tooth will die and eventually need to be removed unless the root is removed.
The ProcedureRoot canal therapy is a simple and common procedure. The procedure starts by preparing the site with a numbing agent. Your comfort is our first priority during any procedure, so we take extensive measures to ensure that you have a pleasant experience. We will allow some time for the numbing agent to kick in, and test it before the begin.
After preparation we will drill a small hole in the top of the tooth so that we can access the interior of the tooth, where the root is located. We will carefully remove the root, as well as the decay and any biological material within the tooth. We are extremely careful to remove all signs of decay from the tooth to ensure that re-infection does not occur. Once the it has been thoroughly cleaned we will rinse it out with a sterilizing agent and fill it in with and inert material called gutta percha. Gutta percha give the tooth the solid foundation it needs to continue performing processes like chewing properly.
Once the interior of the tooth is filled in with gutta percha we can finish the procedure by filling the entrance hole with composite dental filling material. This is the same material that we use to produce tooth colored fillings and dental bonds, it matches the color of your tooth exactly.
Should I be worried about having a root canal?There is a large stigma that root canal therapy has received over the years, people believe that it is a particularly painful procedure. This is simply not true. While it is a more labor intensive and potentially more time consuming procedure than having a cavity drilled, don’t expect any discomfort. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with a procedure at our office, just let us know and we will do everything in our power to make you comfortable.
Please call us today at (360) 373-3515 to schedule your appointment.