Root Canal in Gig Harbor
A root canal is a procedure specifically designed to save you from losing a tooth. Our teeth are comprised of certain parts, one of them being the pulp. A tooth’s pulp is where the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue are housed.
How Do I Know if I Might Need a Root Canal?
When your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you will begin to feel symptoms that prompt you to take action.
These are pretty common, but certain toothaches point to the possibility of an inflamed/infected pulp. If you experience sharp pain in the middle of the night that leads into a generalized headache, then your tooth’s root may be suffering.
If you see a bump near the top part of a tooth and/or pus present in the mouth, then there is a good chance a root canal will be required.
Extreme pain to hot and cold foods is a good indicator.
Dark discoloration of a tooth could be an indicator of deterioration.
Root Canal - Procedure
Root canals are often a two-appointment procedure, with the first appointment focusing on treating the infection. The second appointment will require preparation for a dental crown in order to strengthen and protect the weakened tooth.
If you notice a recurring pain that doesn’t seem to halt, then contact our dentist immediately. It is always better to save a tooth than to have it extracted and replaced.
Feel free to call our office at 253-857-4114 to learn more about Root Canals in Gig Harbor or any other services we provide. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.