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.
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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
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!
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.
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.
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Northwest Endodontic Specialists
Patient Review By Sarah C
Super gentle! last time at a different root canal i had i was traumatized and had an awful time and dreaded coming in but Dr Behnen was super gentle and efficient. I had no pain, and i was worried about the shot at first but he was so good i hardly felt it. Overall experience was great!! id recommend to anyone. The assistant Autum was compassionate about my concerns and friendly and talked me through whatever anxieties i had. Scheduling was really nice and on the ball. Merideth was on top of any questions i had and very kind.
- Sarah C
Patient Review By Bethany S
I was very impressed with my service today. They got me in quickly and were so kind. Dr. Behnen explained the procedure in detail and made me feel very comfortable.
- Bethany S
Patient Review By Stephanie S
Great staff and doctors. Super friendly and always made sure I was ok and informed on what was going on.
- Stephanie S
Patient Review By Donna M
This was the second time that I've been here. Dr Goerig is wonderful. I don't get numb easily, and he is aware of that and always takes extra time... Love the staff as well. Everyone is great
- Donna M
Patient Review By Mark J
Very happy with procedures done
- Mark J
Patient Review By Deborah W
Not as bad as I thought it would be. The Dr. made me feel safe and secure and the staff were fun and comforting.
- Deborah W
Patient Review By jack R
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Patient Review By David B
TOP NOTCH! 5 Stars across the board! Very professional and very fast. From start to finish I felt very comfortable.
- David B
Patient Review By Natalie B
If you have to have a root canal, this is the best experience
- Natalie B
Patient Review By Elizabeth H
The office was spotless, the staff pleasant & helpful but Monica & Dr Goerig were amazing, they put you @ ease immediately & performed the procedure quickly, & with confidence. One of the nicest dental/endodontics offices I have ever been to.
- Elizabeth H