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Root Canal Treatment

When the inner area of a tooth becomes damaged by infection or decay, root canal treatment might be the best way to save the injured tooth from extraction. Root canal treatment consists of removing the harmful material that is present inside the tooth and replacing it with medicated fillings that are designed to restore the tooth’s structure and function.

The root canal becomes infected when bacteria reaches the inner portion of a tooth or when the inner pulp of a tooth starts to experience decay. A root canal infection is characterized by several symptoms, including:

  • Severe toothache
  • Temperature sensitivities
  • Gum tenderness and swelling
  • Abscess on the gums

When conducting a root canal treatment, our dental care specialists do everything possible to help the patient feel comfortable. We start by using a local anesthetic to prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the procedure. The tooth is kept dry throughout the process using a rubber sheet, which also discourages the infection from spreading.

After the preparations have been made, the dentist will access the inner area of the tooth. Once inside, special tools will be used to remove any infected pulp and damaged nerve tissue that is present. Next, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a dental filling material. To protect the tooth from damage, a temporary dental crown will be fitted over the tooth. The patient will be required to return for a follow-up visit so that a permanent dental crown can be applied.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and you want to find out if a root canal treatment can help restore a damaged tooth, please contact us at (509) 904-0994 to schedule an appointment.

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"Downriver smiles is a phenomenal practice that cares for you and your family with more than just a teeth cleaning! The staff is wonderful, accommodating and kind! They have a way wonderful facility that accommodates even a large family like my own! Dr. Gaunt is highly professional, thorough, and seeks to help his clients. He carefully listens and explains everything in understandable language! I would highly recommend downriver smiles to anyone!"

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"Dr. Gaunt is very good at what he does. He is one of the best dentists I've ever had. The staff is absolutely wonderful as well. To them you are more than just a number, you are a person and thats what i love the most about them. They treat you like you're family, and they do their absolute best to actually save you money. I am so glad i found them and i will not go see anyone else."

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"Downriver Smiles is the best! I have been using them for the last two or three years now. I have always gotten amazing customer service and the doctor does great work! It is a young office with very upbeat personalities. The front desk ladies always do a great job explaining my bill and have worked with me on payment arrangements. I had a lot of work that needed to be done, and they helped guide me through the process. I couldn't be any happier!"

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