A root canal is a procedure in which the badly damaged or infected tooth is repaired instead of removing it.  It is carried out in the pulp of the tooth to remove nerves.

Tooth decay causes the nerve and pulp to get irritated, inflamed, and infected. The nerve and the pulp of the tooth are extracted during the root canal treatment and the inside portion is cleaned. If treatment is not done, the tissue surrounding the tooth would become infected.

When Is It Needed?

When the pulp, the soft inner part of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected, root canal therapy is performed. The crown remains intact even if the pulp is injured. One of the best ways to preserve the structure of the tooth is by performing the root canal.

The pulp gets damaged due to the deep decay caused by an untreated cavity. When multiple dental procedures are performed in the same tooth, it also leads to damage to the pulp. You may also notice the following signs if your pulp is injured or damaged:

  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Darkened or painful gums
  • Strong pain while chewing and biting
  • Tooth pain due to sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Swelling and heat in the gums

How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?

The dentist performs the following steps to carry out the root canal:

1. Administering Anesthesia

To see the shape of the root canal, the Dentist Federal Way, WA first takes an X-ray and looks for infection in the surrounding bone. The dentist will then use anesthesia to numb the area near the affected tooth.

2. Removing the Pulp

A small opening is made at the top of the tooth by the dentist. The pulp and the bacteria present are removed. They take special care to properly clean the area using a series of root canal files.

3. Administering Antibiotics

The dentist uses an antibiotic to ensure that the infection is eliminated once the pulp is removed. The dentist then seals the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. They also prescribe antibiotics if needed depending on the patient.

4. Temporary Filling

The dentist fills the small opening in the top of the tooth with a soft, temporary material. It is done to prevent the canals from being damaged by saliva.


Marine Hills Dentistry offers effective root canal treatment. Visit us at 1500 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003. Contact us at (253) 839-2800 or visit our website https://www.dennishahndds.com to book an appointment. 

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