Save Your Natural Tooth and Reclaim Your Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

Are you experiencing an excruciating toothache, especially when biting down on food? Is your tooth sensitive to hot and cold foods? Your tooth could be infected, and you may need a root canal (endodontic therapy) from Eckland Family Dental. This tooth-saving procedure removes the infected tissues and restores your tooth with a dental crown to provide a lasting solution for your tooth. If you suspect you need a root canal and are in Everett or Redmond, Washington, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kale Eckland and his team.

Warning signs you may need a root canal

While teeth seem like invincible pearly whites that help with grinding, chewing, and making your smile look great, they have layers that can weaken when infected or injured. Called the pulp chamber, the internal layer of your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When damaged or infected, the pulp chamber causes numerous undesirable symptoms. 

Some include:

  • An extremely painful tooth
  • Sensitive tooth, especially on touch or when exposed to hot and cold foods
  • A darkening tooth as the pulp chamber dies off
  • Swollen face or gums
  • A recurring pimple-like swelling on your gums
  • A foul odor or taste despite good oral hygiene

Sometimes, an infected tooth exhibits little or no symptoms. That’s why it’s essential to schedule routine exams with our office. Our dental check-ups can unearth problems even before they become known.

What should I expect from the root canal procedure?

After isolating your tooth with a rubber dam, we’ll numb your gums with powerful anesthetics to minimize pain during the procedure. Once you are comfortable, we’ll make a small hole in your tooth to access your tooth internals.

The dentist will remove the infected tissues and other debris before cleaning your tooth to remove all traces of bacteria. After thoroughly cleaning, we’ll fill the empty chamber and canals with a rubbery gutta-percha material.

The final step is to seal the access hole with a temporary filling. In most cases, the dentist reinforces the tooth with a dental crown, providing it with durable function and aesthetics.

After treatment, you may experience some pain, especially after the anesthesia wears off. Mild discomfort is expected as the tooth heals. We’ll give aftercare instructions to ensure you heal seamlessly after a root canal. However, if you experience prolonged pain lasting more than a week, contact us for a follow-up appointment.

Is a root canal a good idea?

Yes! Root canals have over 95% success rate, and the treated tooth can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. If you suspect a root canal in Washington, call (425) 448-6339 (Redmond) or (425) 249-3830 (Everett) to schedule an appointment with Eckland Family Dental.