Root Canal

When the pulp, the soft tissue inside of your tooth, is infected and painful, you need help and soon. At Issaquah Premier Dental, located in Issaquah, Washington, Diana Wu, DDS, performs root canals, removing this damaged pulp and restoring the function of the tooth. If you need a root canal or want to learn if Dr. Wu can save your tooth, call the office to schedule your initial consultation. You can also book your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Dr. Wu performs a root canal procedure to remove your tooth’s cushiony center, called the pulp, when it’s infected or abscessed. This procedure eliminates the need to pull your tooth, which leaves an unattractive gap and can lead to further dental problems.

Once you remove a tooth, the support it provides to its neighboring teeth vanishes and they may migrate or become loose. With a root canal, the tooth and its supportive structures remain, keeping optimal mouth function and eliminating any pain or inflammation.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

When you need a root canal, Dr. Wu can do it right in her office. She begins by numbing the area around your tooth and placing a dental dam. This device keeps saliva away from the treatment area, ensuring it stays dry and clean during the root canal procedure.

Dr. Wu then makes an opening in your tooth and removes the infected pulp. She cleans out the infected areas of the tooth and replaces the pulp with gutta percha, a biocompatible rubbery substance.  If necessary, she places a metal post inside the tooth to provide additional support.

Once completed, she fills your tooth with composite bonding or covers the tooth with a permanent crown. Once the tooth heals, it's fully functional, and you have no residual pain.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

When your tooth is infected or has an abscess, you may need a root canal to stop the infection from spreading and save your tooth. Signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Swelling or inflammation around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Darkening of your tooth

To determine if you need a root canal, Dr. Wu takes X-rays to see the interior of your tooth. If there’s an infection in the root or roots of your tooth, she may recommend a root canal. A common procedure, root canals are safe and over 95% effective.

If you have a toothache and think you may need a root canal, contact Dr. Wu today. Call Issaquah Premier Dental at Issaquah, Washington, to schedule your appointment or book it online now.

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1740 NW Maple St, Suite 209
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-654-8601
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