Root Canal Treatment

A root canal removes infected pulp around your tooth to alleviate pain and minimize damage.

Endodontic Therapy

Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is essential when the tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This treatment saves the natural tooth, preventing extraction and maintaining your smile’s integrity. Family Dentistry of Lakewood uses the latest techniques and technology to perform root canals that are comfortable and effective.

3D cross-sectional illustration of a molar tooth with a blue protective layer, displaying the inner structure including the pulp chamber and root canals, against a white and peach gradient background.
  • When is a root canal treatment necessary?

    A root canal treatment is necessary when the soft tissue inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, cracks or chips, or trauma. Signs that may indicate the need for a root canal include:

    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to hot or cold
    • Discoloration
    • Swelling or tenderness in the nearby gums
  • What happens during a root canal procedure?

    The dentist will remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth and clean and disinfect its interior. Then, they will fill and seal it with a rubber-like material. To protect the tooth and restore its function, the dentist will add a crown or filling. This procedure not only alleviates pain but also preserves the natural tooth.

  • Is a root canal treatment painful?

    Thanks to modern anesthesia and techniques, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. In fact, root canals relieve the pain caused by the infected or inflamed pulp. After the procedure, some mild soreness or discomfort is normal, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and subsides within a few days.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about root canal treatment, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.

Family Dentistry of Lakewood

10828 Gravelly Lake Dr SW #111
Lakewood, WA 98499
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