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Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, or a crack or chip in the tooth, with proper care; an endodonctically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.


How Did My Tooth Get Infected?

The two most common causes of infection in the pulp are deep cavities and fractured or broken teeth. Both expose the pulp to bacteria that live in saliva. These bacteria, which are always present in your mouth, can cause an infection that can kill the pulp. Without treatment, the pus from the infection can eventually gather down at the root tip and pass into the jaw bone, causing an abscess (a pus pocket). The abscess can then damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The resulting pressure inside the bone and ligaments surrounding the tooth can cause excruciating pain, and left untreated, can even be life threatening.


Symptoms

You may have realized that you had an infected tooth because it was sensitive to hot and cold, was swollen and painful, or had given you a bad taste in your mouth. On the other hand, you may have been completely unaware that you had an infection because you experienced no symptoms at all.


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Dr. Park seemed really caring and took a good amount of time explaining what needed to be done. I had no cavities, so they don't lie to you about procedures like the other reviewers state! Also, I work in the dental field too, so trust me when I say it's a good office to go to.

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Dr. Park is gentle, precise and attentive to my major anxiety with Dentists and needles. He talked me through everything and even gave me options to relax me during the procedure. I was a mess! He's been the only one I've referred people to go and see.

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Dr. Alex Park and Dr. Christine Hong are your friendly Bellevue dentist at Bellevue Park Dental serving Bellevue, Factoria, and Kirkland, WA. They provides dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, white fillings, dentures and more. The contents of this website, such as text, videos, images and other material are intended for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice. Please contact our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Alex Park and Dr. Christine Hong for any additional information on implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, and more. For questions, please call (425) 373-1605.