Root Canal Specialist

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentist located in South King County, Des Moines, WA

Root canal therapy can save your tooth when it becomes inflamed or infected at the pulp. At Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, serving the residents of Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, and surrounding areas, Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team can determine if this endodontic treatment can restore your tooth’s normal function.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal replaces infected or inflamed pulp inside a tooth. The pulp exists under the hard layers of enamel and dentin and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Once your tooth is fully formed, it can live without the pulp, because the tissue surrounding it provides nourishment.

Pulp within your tooth may become inflamed because of injury, deep decay, multiple procedures on the same tooth, or a crack. Untreated, infected pulp can cause an abscess as well as severe pain.

A root canal involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the tooth, refilling the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, and sealing it off. You’ll likely need a crown to restore the full function and appearance as well as to protect the treated tooth.

A tooth with a root canal functions like any other in your mouth.

Who is a candidate for a root canal?

Most people with teeth that have infected pulp can be treated with a root canal. Once in awhile, a tooth is so severely fractured that it doesn’t have enough bone support to be restored. Sometimes, the pulp can’t be accessed, and a root canal isn’t possible. Talk to Dr. Tracy and the team at Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry to determine if your tooth can be saved.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

The signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Moderate to severe lingering tooth pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods
  • Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
  • A toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • A pimple on your gum that releases pus or blood
  • Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another

Does a root canal require special care?

Once your root canal is complete and covered with a crown, it functions like any other tooth. You only need to keep it healthy with proper oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing, flossing, checkups, and cleanings.

Teeth treated with root canals should last as long as your natural teeth unless they become subject to trauma.


Welcome, New Patients!

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is happily accepting new patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your new patient consultation with our office today!