Root Canal Specialist

Krumly Dental Care

Nabil Al Krumly, DDS, MS.

Cosmetic Dentist located in Seattle, WA

The words "root canal" may elicit fear. But they shouldn't. This procedure is not only relatively painless, but it can also save a tooth from requiring extraction. For superior quality root canal treatment with a gentle touch, Dr. Nabil Al Krumly's technique is unmatched. Contact Dr. Krumly at Krumly Dental Care, in Seattle, Washington for a root canal consultation. Call or make an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure to address damage and decay in the pulpy interior of your tooth or a deep and severe cavity. It involves the removal of the decayed tooth tissue and filling and sealing your tooth to prevent further decay and damage from developing.

Root canals are often used to save teeth that might otherwise need to be removed.

Why would I need a root canal?

You need a root canal if the interior of one of your teeth become damaged or decayed. The pulpy interior of your teeth houses the nerves and blood vessels that keep your teeth healthy and strong.

When decay reaches this sensitive part of a tooth, not only does it cause a significant amount of pain and sensitivity, but it also puts your tooth at risk. If left untreated, this level of decay could cause your tooth to die and need to be removed.

Whenever possible, Dr. Krumly tries to preserve and protect your natural teeth. Root canal treatments are a tool that help him protect your teeth.

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Krumly typically completes root canals in three visits or less. The amount of visits needed depend on the level of decay found in your tooth. A root canal treatment is actually quite similar to the filling procedure used for surface cavities.

First, Dr. Krumly numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, using tiny drills to access the interior of your tooth, he drills away the decayed portion of your tooth. Once the decayed portion of your tooth is removed, he carefully washes and disinfects the interior of your tooth. Dr. Krumly carefully inspects the inside of your tooth to ensure all decayed tissue and debris have been removed.

Then, he fills your tooth with an elastic filling material and medication to prevent infection. Finally, the tooth is sealed to prevent any bacteria or debris from infecting your tooth. In some cases, Dr. Krumly will place a crown on the treated tooth to provide support and stability.

I have heard that root canals are really painful. Is that true?

Although root canals have a reputation for being painful, Dr. Krumly is highly experienced in performing the procedure and uses the most current dental technology available to make your experience as painless as possible. He is dedicated to providing gentle and compassionate care to all his patients.