The dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or infected, Dr. Kerry Olszewski may recommend a root canal in Mill Creek, Washington. During root canal treatment, our dentist will remove the diseased pulp, clean the tooth thoroughly, and seal the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal treatment may be necessary:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Inflammation and pain in the gums
  • A pimple on the gums

If infected dental pulp is not removed, it will break down and bacterial will spread within the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth, which is a tooth with a pus-filled pocket on the end of the tooth roots. Untreated diseased pulp can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss can occur around the tip of the tooth root. When infected dental pulp is not removed, drainage problems may occur from the tooth root. This can cause a hole to form in the side of the tooth. Drainage may move into the gums or through your cheek and into the skin.

Feel free to contact Mill Creek General Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.