The truth about root canal treatment: Painless, fast, and safe way to preserve natural teeth
Like an onion, your teeth are layered. The outer, protective enamel is more robust than skeletal bone, and the underlying yellow dentin layer is softer. The pulp contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. When the pulp is damaged due to tooth decay, you may need root canal treatment to restore the affected tooth’s health, function, and look. Dr. Dan Hwang at Creo Dentistry is skilled at this standard nonsurgical procedure. Patients in Marysville, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Everett, Stanwood, Camano Island, and the surrounding area appreciate how quickly this therapy gets them out of pain. They also understand that root canal treatment is fast, gentle, painless, and conservative. It may be the only way to save badly damaged natural teeth.
What to expect
Your treatment is supported by a range of advanced technologies and techniques to assure the tooth is restored to health quickly, comfortably, and precisely. Sophisticated diagnostics provide Dr. Hwang with insights into the anatomy of your teeth, which aid in treatment planning. He is aware of potential anatomical challenges, such as hidden canals or narrow canals. These complexities can affect the approach taken to the process and, ultimately, the success of your treatment. Generally, root canal therapy has a very high rate of success, exceeding 90%.
If we determine that your tooth can be preserved with therapy, Dr. Hwang uses precision anesthetic to numb the treatment site gently. Root canal treatment is at times referred to as a “deep clean” for the inside of your tooth – for good reason. After your mouth is adequately numbed, your dentist skillfully accesses the inflamed tissue and removes it. With the troublesome nerve gone, your tooth will no longer ache. Also, after a tooth has fully matured, the nerve and pulp tissue are no longer necessary to nourish the tooth. Then, Dr. Hwang sterilizes the canal that contained this tissue and expertly shapes it. The shaped canal is filled with a safe, biocompatible gutta-percha material.
The tooth is usually restored with a crown. Root canal-treated teeth should look, feel, and function like unaltered teeth as long as you care for them well with consistent brushing, flossing, and visits to our office. In this manner, you can enjoy your tooth without any problems for a lifetime.
Getting root canal treatment has never been more safe, comfortable, and successful due to advanced techniques, anesthetic, and dental technologies. Call Creo Dentistry in Marysville, WA, at (360) 502-7217 to schedule your appointment.