Bright32 – General Dentistry – SHORELINE, WA

Root Canals in Shoreline, WA

When a tooth becomes infected, the only way to prevent its eventual loss is with a root canal treatment. At Bright 32 Family Dentistry, Dr. Jordan Brenner has years of experience performing this common and important procedure. He uses the most advanced technology and offers a comfortable environment for you to feel safe and at ease. If you have noticed an abscess or any other indications of a tooth infection, contact our office to schedule a virtual consultation to discuss how a root canal could be a solution for you!

Warning Signs of Dental Infection

There are many signs you may need a root canal. Many people experience a severe toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold when eating. Some will have swelling or tenderness in the jaw or a “pimple” on the gums. These symptoms may indicate you need a root canal.

Why do you need a root canal? There are several causes of needing root canal therapy, but the most common is untreated tooth decay, dental trauma, or a large filling that has been repetitively filled. The best thing to do is maintain routine dental visits with Bright 32 Family Dentistry for early detection of small tooth decay and to help prevent any future pain and discomfort.

Root Canal Treatment at Bright 32

You can be assured that root canal treatment is really no different from a traditional dental filling at Bright 32 Family Dentistry. A root canal is essentially a painless and simple procedure where the nerve of the tooth is removed and then the pulp chamber and canals are cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent any bacterial contamination. We use the highest quality materials to ensure your root canal treatment will restore your dental health.

More than often, you will need a dental crown following your root canal to completely protect the tooth if it is weakened or compromised. A crown will provide your tooth the strength and esthetics needed to last many healthy years. 

The root canal process is typically completed in a single office visit, but may require more than one if the infection is severe. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a root canal, Dr. Brenner would be happy to discuss your sedation options. Call our office today to schedule your root canal evaluation with Dr. Brenner and learn how he can ease your pain!

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The Root Canal Process

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Initial Consultation

If you are currently suffering from pain and think you may need a root canal, schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner so he can evaluate and discuss your needs from the comfort of your home. If it is determined that you may need to have the procedure, he will schedule you for an in-office visit where he will take X-rays to examine the damaged area. 

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Root Canal Preparation

The root canal process generally begins the same way as a filling, and with no greater discomfort: an anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth as well as the surrounding area. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of an anesthetic or become nervous and/or anxious, Dr. Brenner would be happy to discuss all of your sedation options for a comforting and worry free procedure!

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The Procedure

When performing a root canal, a small opening is made in the surface of the affected tooth to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Tiny instruments are used to remove tissue from inside these narrow passageways. The chamber and empty canals are cleaned, disinfected, and prepared to receive a filling. Lastly, adhesive cement is used to seal the opening in the tooth.

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Post Care

It is normal to experience temporary discomfort and numbness at the root canal tooth site. This can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication as well as to avoid biting hard until numbness subsides. Most people can go about their daily business almost immediately following a root canal. If you have any questions or concerns, our team at Bright 32 is always here to help!

Benefits of Root Canals

  • Relieve a toothache and discomfort quickly and painlessly
  • Restore your tooth to optimal function and esthetics
  • Prevent future infection to your tooth and surrounding area

Who is the ideal candidate for a root canal?

The signs and symptoms of needing a root canal can vary. However if you are experiencing any of the below, you could be a candidate for a root canal: 

  • Severe pain while eating 
  • Sensitivity while eating and drinking both hot and cold items 
  • Gum swelling 
  • Prolonged Sensitivity
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth

What alternatives are available to a root canal?

A dental extraction is your treatment of choice if you opt to not do a root canal. Remember, with a dental extraction you will need some type of restoration for the missing tooth which may include either a dental implant or dental bridge.

What is the cost of a root canal?

At Bright 32 Family Dentistry we accept most major dental insurances, offer an in-office membership program, as well as provide flexible financing options to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. We work with all of our patients to fit costs into your budget and find a plan that works for YOU!

Learn About Your Smile Today

How do you know when you need a root canal? Sometimes it’s painfully obvious. If you are concerned you are in need of root canal therapy, or to simply receive a second opinion, click below to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner to discuss all endodontic treatment options.

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