A tooth that suddenly looks dark or develops intense sensitivity means you might have an infected nerve inside of it. At EZ Dental Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, dental expert our team, evaluates your symptoms, view the tooth with a CT scan, and performs a root canal to restore its health. He also provide root canal retreatments for infections that don’t resolve after the first root canal. To find out if you need a root canal or a root canal retreatment, call EZ Dental Clinic for an appointment or book online today.

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What is a root canal?

A root canal is a tooth repair process that involves taking the unhealthy tissue out of the center of your tooth.

This layer is called the pulp, and it sits below the hard enamel and dentin layers. It consists of tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. If it gets damaged or diseased, your tooth can survive without it.

The root canal process often requires two visits to EZ Dental Clinic. The team takes a CT scan of the tooth for a 3D view of your tooth and its root. Before starting the root canal, they numb the area around your tooth to keep you comfortable.

Then, they drill a hole into your tooth and remove the infected nerve through it. They clean and medicate the inner chamber to prevent further infection before sealing it with a durable filling material.

Your dentist might also require that you get a crown to protect the tooth after a root canal. If you need a crown, you’ll need to come back for a second appointment after the team prepares the tooth and takes impressions.

What are some signs that I need a root canal?

Root canals are required when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected. An infection can happen after you crack or chip a tooth, or if the tooth gets hit with impact and doesn’t break on the outside. If you need a root canal, these symptoms are a good indication:

  • Hypersensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet tastes
  • Pain
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tooth abscess
  • Pimples on your gums
  • Swollen gums

If you don’t get treatment for a tooth that needs a root canal, you could be at risk of losing the tooth entirely. Additionally, the infection within the tooth can spread into your gums and eventually to other parts of your body.

What is a root canal retreatment?

If you’ve previously had a root canal but the pain doesn’t go away, you might need a root canal retreatment. At EZ Dental Clinic, a specialist performs your root canal retreatment to treat new and lingering symptoms.

The specialist removes the crown if you have one and the filling material from within your tooth to reopen the canals. They view the inside of your tooth with a magnifying device to search for signs of a new infection.

Then they thoroughly clean the canals and remove infected areas before resealing the tooth. You need to return for a new crown for additional reinforcement.

If you suspect that you need a root canal, call EZ Dental Clinic for an appointment or book an evaluation online today.