About Root Canals
If you’re experiencing toothache, swollen gums, or heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods, you may need a root canal treatment.
Dr. Kunal Narang of Sunrise Dental in Redmond has more than a decade’s worth of experience in performing root canal procedures. He is an internationally-trained and highly-specialized endodontist whose goal is to minimize your pain and save your tooth whenever possible.
If you’re in the greater Seattle area, please give our office a call or set up an appointment with Dr. Narang online.
What is a Root Canal?
The nerve and pulp inside a tooth can become infected, causing swelling in the surrounding tissue and pain in the tooth. Dr. Narang removes the damaged nerve and infected material from the root canal — the space inside the tooth — and seals it shut. Your tooth can function normally without the nerve. The only side effect is that you’ll lose sensitivity to hot and cold within that single tooth.
How Does a Tooth Get Infected?
There are several causes of inflammation within a tooth nerve — decay, trauma, a crack or chip in the tooth — and this can lead to bacteria growth that further damages the teeth and gums. Sometimes a pus-filled abscess develops at the root of the tooth, causing pain and swelling that may spread from the gums into the face, neck, or head. An abscess can also cause bone loss in the jaw.
Why is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
It’s important to deal with the infected tooth quickly. If left untreated, the pain will worsen, the infection will spread, and you may sustain permanent damage to your jaw, affecting your overall bite. The tooth will almost certainly need to be extracted and you may need expensive bridge work to fill the gap. In order to minimize the damage — and bring relief from the pain — schedule an appointment with Dr. Narang as soon as you can.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, but undergoing the procedure is far less distressing than leaving the tooth to rot. Dr. Narang is one of a small percentage of dentists qualified as an endodontist, which means he is a specialist in the interior of the tooth, specifically the nerves, blood vessels, and pulp matter that need to be removed during a root canal treatment. He is committed to minimizing your discomfort and saving your damaged tooth.
After X-raying the infected area, Dr. Narang administers a local anesthetic and drills a tiny hole into your tooth. He cleans out the decayed tissue in the tooth cavity and the roots. He may put medication inside the tooth or give you antibiotics to get rid of any underlying infection. Once the root canal is clean, he fills it with dental filler and then caps your tooth with a crown for protection and to restore the look of your smile.