Non Surgical Root Canal in sammamish

What is a root canal?

A root canal is the removal of infected or traumatized nerve tissue. It is a very common procedure that can save your natural teeth where otherwise it may need to be removed.  

At the center of your tooth is the pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels that acts as the nerve which gives life and feeling to the tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma, a deep cavity, cracks and chips. Symptoms of an infected pulp can be identified as visible swelling of the gums, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Quickstad or Dr. Wang may recommend root canal treatment at our Sammamish office to remove the infected pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the nerve tissue is thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. Root canals are completed under local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the complexity and severity of the infection. Success rate for root canals is typically around 90%. If root canal treatment is unlikely to be successful for your tooth, you will be informed at your consultation or when a complication occurs during or after treatment. You will be able to drive home after your root canal but advised to take it easy the rest of the day.

What happens after root canal treatment?

90% of the time following a root canal, the tooth will also require a crown to provide long term protection. This is because a root canal involves the removal of a vast majority of the natural tooth to access the nerve and will become much more fragile as a result. It is typical for several days to have some minor soreness and achiness following your Sammamish root canal treatment. In rare situations, some patients may experience complications after a root canal. If this occurs please contact us immediately for further evaluation. 

How much will root canal treatment cost?

The cost associated with a root canal varies depending on the severity of damage and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is less expensive than removing the tooth and replacing it with an implant. Your options will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation appointment.