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 486 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By THOMAS T

Fast service and a thorough explanation from the Dr. on the treatment options. FIVE STAR SERVICE with a friendly staff. I highly recommend!


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Patient Review By Alyssa H

I am anxious when it comes to dentists and dental work. To be honest, I was terrified to come in today for a root canal that I desperately needed. The staff at Northwest Endodontic Specialists was absolutely wonderful. They exceeded all of my expectations and I will highly recommend them in the future. Seriously, do yourself a favor, and if you need any extra dental care, go to Northwest Endodontic Specialists (and specifically, Dr. Behnen).

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Patient Review By jason m

great friendly very good and fast they made me feel very comfortable as i was very scared of root canal great service and highly recommend ....thank you

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Patient Review By Nancy F

It was as great as a dental procedure could be. No pain, explanation of each step. Very grateful

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Patient Review By Brent E

Root canals do not come on a planned schedule and NES understands that. I was referred on a Monday and had my procedure completed on Thursday first thing. The flexibility to serve so quickly and the pain free experience were the best medicine I could have been administered. Thank you for your speed and great care.

- Brent E

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Patient Review By George S

Friendly staff, amazing doctor! I have had cleanings that were more bothersome than the root canal performed on me by Dr. Goerig.

- George S

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Patient Review By Mila J

Dr. Behnen is absolutely talented doctor with the " golden hands" and very humble. During the whole procedure i didn't experience any pain. Employee are very well trained and staff is very friendly. All financial issues were discussed in advance. The Environment in this office is perfectly relaxing. ! Thank you very much for a pleasant visit and high quality treatment. Mila

- Mila J

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Patient Review By Phyllis R

Considering that having a root canal done is pretty low on my list, the staff made it a very comfortable experience. I was kept informed of what was going on and every effort was made to make me feel comfortable.

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Patient Review By phyyllis p

no pain yeah

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Patient Review By Rachel W

Relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, and doc with a great sense of humor. Was in and out before I knew it. Best dental visit ever!

- Rachel W

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Patient Review By Wes A

Dr. Michael Behnen and his assistant Kabrena made my hesitant journey an unwarranted worry. I appreciate their matter of fact approach and kindness in treatment. It was one of the most efficient visits I have ever had to a dental practice while addressing my worries and trepidations. I would recommend their practice to anyone in need of dental evaluation and treatment.

- Wes A

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Patient Review By April F

I can't believe i woke up the morning after my procedure in absolutely no pain, and was finally able to eat and drink hot and cold!!!! I am super amazed and impressed!!!

- April F

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Patient Review By Jim R

Office staff is very professional, but warm and caring. Dr. Behnen explained steps of the procedure as we went along, the results have been great! Also, Catherine was extremely gracious and upbeat, which is a wonderful tone to set when one is facing a significant medical issue.

- Jim R

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Patient Review By kay r

I had the pleasure of having dr. david goerig work on my tooth . an angel from heaven he is. dr. and his staff work so well together and helping me. because of covid19 I was not able to have my crown finished so my tooth got infected. for 2 weeks I I had unbelievable pain until dr. g. took me in on emergency. I have never had such good service and help. awesome job.

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Patient Review By Chloe R

I am Thankful that my regular dentist recommended your office!! I was very scared to have my first root canal! The ease of scheduling began to lower my anxiety level. The easy to find office lowered the level even more. The website with All of the info. I needed to know about your office, the team and my procedure lowered my anxiety level by 50%. The welcoming woman behind the desk was extremely helpful and reassuring. I had an insurance problem. She did some quick research for me and was able to give me an accurate payment amount. The dental assistant that was assigned to me was so reassuring and talked me through all of the prep for the actual procedure. She basically took away most all of my remaining anxiety- Thank-You Autumn! When DR. Albert Goerig came in, he put me totally at ease with his sense of humor and confidence with the procedure,Thank-You! It was pain free,quick and I enjoyed the jokes. I have even told a couple of them to my Dad.I was done before I knew it! In and out of the office in about an hour and a half.Everyone reassured me that I would be just fine. My recovery was basically quick and painless! Hopefully no more root canals for me, but if I ever need another one I will return.Plus I now know where to send people if they unfortunately need one 🙂

- Chloe R

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Patient Review By james boling jr

this group is great....David and the Dental assistant was great ....Kabrena was very good...................this place is top from front desk to the doctor..thanks

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Patient Review By margaret b

Great experience. Compassionate and professional.

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Patient Review By Jonathan F

Incredible service and compassion. I was terrified to go have another root canal done and expressed my anxiety to Katherine and Dr. Goerig. They both helped me relax with friendly conversation and then numbed me thoroughly. I never felt any pain during the procedure and I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much!

- Jonathan F

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Patient Review By Mary R

Excellent care, super friendly office staff, Stephanie was awesome, very friendly and reassuring. Dr. Goerig exudes competence!

- Mary R

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