Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Tooth

What Is Root Canal Therapy And Who Should Get It?

Root canal therapy (often called a root canal) is a common procedure at South Lake Family Dentistry. A root canal can restore an infected tooth to its natural function and appearance. Contrary to popular belief, the process is typically no more painful than filling a cavity.


Dr. Carlson would suggest a root canal treatment if your cavity is deep enough to become infected and spread to the nerves in the root of your tooth. Left untreated, a cavity this deep can become an abscess and may even lead to bone loss in your jaw as well as other health problems. Dr. Carlson may also recommend a root canal for cracked or damaged teeth (where the tooth’s nerves are exposed).


A Root Canal Can Keep You Healthy

When one of our dentists performs a root canal, they will clear your tooth’s roots of bacteria and infected tissue and then dry and seal them. Often, a crown is placed over your tooth for further protection. This can prevent infections from spreading to other areas and can help keep you and your smile healthy.


Nearly 16 million root canals are performed in the United States alone each year, and root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures here at South Lake Family Dentistry. Don’t let root canal hearsay frighten you. Today, with safe and effective anesthesia, precise tools, and incredible imaging technology, a root canal doesn’t have to be painful — in fact, it relieves pain.


Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy, often referred to as a “root canal,” is a dental procedure aimed at treating infections or damage within the pulp of a tooth. During the procedure, a dentist or endodontist removes the infected or damaged pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and then seals it to prevent further infection. This treatment can save a severely damaged or infected tooth and alleviate pain. If you are experiencing tooth pain, Dr. Carlson and his team would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding root canal therapy and if this procedure may be needed to eliminate tooth pain or infection. Call 425-334-9600 to set up a consultation to further discuss this treatment option.

What to Expect Following the Procedure

After a root canal, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and should subside within a few days. It’s important to follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions regarding pain management and oral care.

In the days and weeks following the procedure, you can generally expect improved relief from any pain or discomfort you may have experienced prior to the root canal. The tooth should function as normal, and it will likely require a crown to protect it and restore its full strength. Your dentist will discuss the need for a crown and any further steps in your treatment plan.

Overall, root canal therapy is an effective way to save a tooth and relieve dental pain, and with proper care, the treated tooth can remain functional for many years.

Let Dr. Carlson Save Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

We’re extremely experienced in root canal therapy. Please, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask us. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from receiving treatment. Your best oral and overall health may depend on it.


If you are concerned about an issue with your teeth and you believe that a root canal may be the solution, please call us at (425) 334-9600 or email us.

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