Northwest Endodontic Specialists Offers Root Canals in Olympia and Surrounding Areas

What is root canal treatment?

The inner part of your tooth contains pulp, comprised of nerves and blood vessels, that fills the root canals of your inner teeth. The pulp can become infected due to tooth decay, fracture or trauma. During root canal therapy, we remove the damaged pulp, clean the root canal system and seal it. This process saves the natural tooth and allows you to avoid a bridge, bone graft and dental implant.

Comfortable, Pain-Free Root Canal Care

These days, root canal treatment is comfortable and pain-free. The tooth is numb for the entire procedure (and some hours after), and any discomfort after the procedure is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most people find that having a root canal is similar to having a filling done and, if they had a toothache prior to the procedure, they are relieved to find that it is gone with the removal of the infection. If you are nervous about having a root canal, we can set your mind at ease to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience in our office.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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Saving Teeth with Endodontics

No artificial crown, dental implant or other prosthesis can ever measure up to the strength, function and aesthetic qualities of your natural tooth. Best practices in dentistry are to save teeth rather than extract them whenever possible, and it is through the process of endodontics that damaged teeth are saved.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:

  • Severe Tooth Decay – where the decay is extensive, in or approaching the root system.
  • Fractured Teeth – any fracture in the tooth is an invitation for bacteria to enter the root areas and cause infection, eventually compromising the entire tooth.
  • Dead Nerves – this is a sure sign that extensive damage has been done to the tooth roots.
  • Infections and Abscesses – abscessed teeth have infected roots, and only a thorough root canal treatment can save the tooth at this point.

Symptoms of Tooth Infections:

  • Pain, swelling or redness around tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth (discoloration)
  • Pain while chewing
  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity

If you have any of these signs of infection in your mouth, give us a call at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 – the sooner you are seen by a professional, the more likely you will be able to save your tooth.

Root Canal Procedure: What’s It Like?

First, the tooth will be anesthetized. Once it is numb, a dental dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. Next, we will make an opening in the crown of the tooth and clean the infected pulp out of the chamber. The chamber is then filled and a filling or temporary crown is placed on top to protect the area. The procedure doesn’t take much longer than a filling, and you will be just as comfortable. The final crown will be restored by your general dentist.

Are you in pain? Don’t wait any longer! Call Northwest Endodontic Specialists at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 to schedule your appointment right away!

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The cost of your root canal will vary based on the amount of damage to your tooth and your insurance benefits. Keep in mind that endodontic treatment is healthier, less painful and far less expensive than extraction and tooth replacement.

Ultimately, we are here to ease your fears about root canal therapy – please don’t hesitate to reach out for information.

New Patient? Please visit our Endodontic FAQ page for more information.

Post-Op? Please see our surgical instructions page and call us with any concerns you may have at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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Northwest Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 358 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Debra H

I had a great experience here. The doctor and staff are amazing. It went so well, I didn't even need gas!!! Yay

- Debra H

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Patient Review By keith G

Nitrous definitely helps, Surgery went much better than expected from my perspective

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Patient Review By Daniel Conley L

Really good experience.

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Patient Review By Jan B

Dr. Behnen and his staff do an excellent job. I had a root canal and it was a breeze. In the past, I have struggled with getting numbed enough and so I was reticent about going through this procedure. I must say that the process was not difficult at all. It was easier than getting a filling. I was very pleased with the care provided and would highly recommend their office.

- Jan B

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Patient Review By Lynn C

Very efficient and professional. They put me at ease right when I walked through the door.

- Lynn C

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Patient Review By Spencer Z

The care was well explained and executed. The environment of your office is very relaxing and pleasant, and your staff were excellent to work with.

- Spencer Z

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Patient Review By Bea-Alise R

Doctor has a way of putting me at ease with a good sense of humor and sense of that he cares about overall well-being.

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Patient Review By Raj K

Staffs are really friendly. Appointment was on time. No waiting

- Raj K

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Patient Review By robert m

most friendly staff...Dr. Goerig was entertaining, fast, efficient, GREAT bedside (chairside?) manner. I hope to never need to see these folks again, but should I need a root canal, I am very glad this office is here!!

- robert m

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Patient Review By Michele R

Very happy with everyone I came in contact with -- all very polite and concern for my comfort

- Michele R

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Patient Review By Michael H

Quick, painless, everything went very smooth.

- Michael H

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Patient Review By Janette R

Dr. Albert Goerig was very kind and caring and gentle. Was recommended by my husband who nearly skipped out of the office after having his procedure done. One of the best procedures he's ever had. I would recommend this Dr. and staff to anyone who needs this work.

- Janette R

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Patient Review By DIANE F

Dr Albert Goerig is wonderful. He is gentle, caring, and is humorous. My procedure went fast and was painless. His assistant, Hannah, was friendly and right there for anything I needed. After my procedure was complete the Dr. explained what he did and answered all my question. Hannah went over what I needed to do for after care.Before I left the office Dr. Goerig came and thanked me for my business. I can't say enough about Dr. Goerig. My experience at Northwest Endodontic Specialists was the best dentistry experience I have had.


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Patient Review By Robert B

Dr. Goerig and Hannah did a great job. I felt nothing during the procedure. I highly recommend their service and will return again if needed.

- Robert B

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Patient Review By John L

Procedure took a lot less time then I was expecting not much worse then having a filling done

- John L

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Patient Review By Kathryn S

I got right in to see the doctor and was very pleased that my questions were answered both by the doctor and Hannah, his assistant.

- Kathryn S

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Patient Review By Carol C

Would never think of having a root canal anywhere else! Dr. A. Goerig is kind, efficient and even fun! His nurse was a perfect balance of friend, professional, and educator. I'm telling everyone!!

- Carol C

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Patient Review By Jennifer B

You guys are excellent. Very impressed with the overall patient care and the professionalism of the employees, with their compassionate and caring demeanor towards the patients' care. I would highly recommend Northwest Endodontics Specialists. I'm highly satisfied and thankful you're here for my patient care. Dr. David Goerig and Hannah my assistant are the best!!!

- Jennifer B

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Patient Review By Linda S

Dr. Goerig and Hannah were amazing! I have not been to the dentist for 13 years and was fearful. I went in for a root canal procedure and did not feel a thing. They were wonderful and made me feel comfortable. I was in and out in an hour. The atmosphere was great, the staff was funny and everyone had lovely singing voices!

- Linda S

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Patient Review By April H

Dr. Goerig is the absolute best root canal specialist! His assistant James is good too. During the root canal procedure, I greatly appreciated Dr. Goerig's light sense of humor (while maintaining a highly professional and excellent atmosphere) to help me feel more at ease with the root canal procedure. Needless to say, I had a good time at this appointment and almost wish Dr. Goerig was my normal dentist (though I do have a good one now). Hate to leave! Great appointment, better than expected for sure.

- April H

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