Root Canal

Charles Croasdill, DMD

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Tacoma, WA

Men and women who learn they need a root canal can become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Charles Croasdill, DMD wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the experienced dental team at Charles Croasdill, DMD performs root canals on a routine basis. Call the office to schedule your root canal treatment today.

Root Canal Q & A

When would I need a root canal?

Root canals are performed when the nerve inside a tooth is either irreversibly inflamed, causing pain, or the nerve has died, leading to infection. During a root canal procedure, the nerve inside the tooth is removed and the space that remains is filled and sealed.

If the nerve has died within the tooth, it can lead to infection in your jaw.  This is important to treat as the infection can lead to problems in other areas of your body.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

The nerve tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. If you don't get to the dentist in time, the cavity can reach the root of the tooth. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

What should I expect from a root canal procedure?

First, Dr. Croasdill performs a thorough dental exam and takes X-rays to evaluate the condition of your teeth. If you have a seriously damaged, decayed, or infected tooth, he may recommend a root canal procedure.

It’s common to feel nervous about a root canal, but there’s really no need to worry. Dr. Croasdill is a highly experienced dentist. Additionally, most patients experience little to no pain since Dr. Croasdill numbs your mouth with local anesthesia before he begins.

During root canal treatment, Dr. Croasdill makes a small opening in the top of your tooth. He removes the damaged or decayed tissue from this opening and then cleans out the chamber inside your tooth to prevent infection.

Then, he seals your tooth with a special material. Dr. Croasdill may recommend covering the treated tooth with a dental crown after it heals properly.  

Call Charles Croasdill, DMD if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.