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Root Canals for Renton Residents

You’ve had a toothache for a while now, and what used to be a dull ache is now a searing pain that occupies all of your attention. This probably means that the infection in your tooth has become quite advanced, and in the past, this often meant that the tooth would need to be removed. Fortunately, this is no longer the case thanks to root canals. Despite its dubious reputation, a root canal is actually an extremely useful procedure that Dr. Yuchen Hu, your Renton dentist, can use to relieve severe dental pain and save your most damaged teeth.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

X-ray image with red tooth indicating a need for a root canal.The teeth are actually composed of layers, and the innermost layer is where the sensitive nerve resides. If a cavity is left untreated for a long time or if a person sustains an injury, this inner layer can become infected or damaged. This can cause quite a bit of pain, and usually, the best way to treat it is with a root canal.

A person might require a root canal if:

  • They are experiencing extreme dental pain.
  • There is a lot of redness and swelling around a particular tooth.
  • They have a lot of pain when biting down on a specific tooth.
  • There is a sore located on the gums near a single tooth.

How a Root Canal Works

If you experience any of the symptoms we’ve listed above, you should come to SDK Dental Care as soon as you can. Otherwise, the infection/pain may only get worse, and we might even need to extract the tooth.

If Dr. Hu decides that a root canal is the best course of treatment, it will involve 4 basic steps:

  • He will create a small access hole to reach the inner part of your tooth.
  • He will remove the damaged tissue and clean the area.
  • He will fill your tooth with a sanitizing material called gutta percha.
  • You will return to the office at another appointment to have the tooth restored with a dental crown.

Thanks to modern day dental techniques and sedation, we can assure you that you’ll barely feel anything during your root canal. If you have any questions or concerns coming into the procedure, please let us know. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your comfort at all times. We even give you tips and hints to ensure a successful recovery from your root canal procedure.

Any Questions?

With a root canal, we can relieve your pain and save your smile at the same time, and we promise that it won’t be a painful experience.

If you are currently dealing with any of the symptoms we listed above or if you have any other questions, please contact our office today.