What is a root canal?

A root canal is the name given to root canal treatment, an endodontic service that treats disease and infection located inside of your tooth. Inside of your tooth are dental pulp and tooth nerves, which are vital for the proper functioning of your teeth. If damage is left untreated in this sensitive area, the tooth may eventually die and require removal. To prevent this from happening and to alleviate pain, we offer gentle root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment involves Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our practiced dentist, carefully removing all infected dental pulp and replacing it with a medicated, rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. This restores the structural integrity of your tooth. The tooth is then capped off with a dental filling or dental crown, based on your individual needs.

Do I need a root canal?

Our team at Rainier Dental Center may suggest a root canal in Seattle, Washington if you are experiencing:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain, often accompanied by a sensation of throbbing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Tenderness and swelling of the gums
  • Pimples on the gums
  • A darkened tooth

If you are experiencing pain, please do not hesitate to contact our caring dental team. We would be happy to help you schedule your appointment.