Root Canals

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Root Canal Treatment Therapy
If you have persistent pain in the area around a single tooth, you may need a root canal. Though root canals have a bad reputation, they are actually one of the best ways to relieve pain and swelling caused by severe tooth decay and bacteria. Without treatment, loss of the tooth is likely, because infection occurs once decay reaches the pulp tissue inside the tooth. Fortunately, the dental plan designed by you and our staff typically allows us to catch decay and perform root canals in a timely manner.

Example of a healthy tooth

Healthy Tooth

Tooth with decay and infection

Before Root Canal

Root canal treatment with tooth-colored filling

After Root Canal

Our dentist can save your tooth by gently removing damaged tissue and nerves and by carefully cleaning and sealing the tooth to protect it from bacteria. In most cases, receiving a root canal feels like receiving a filling — and we offer comfortable options that eliminate pain and induce a serene, relaxed state while we perform this simple procedure. The root canal treatment has a success rate of 95% and can last a lifetime.

FAQ

Is a root canal painful?
In most cases, receiving a root canal treatment feels like receiving a filling — and at Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we offer comfort options that eliminate pain and induce a serene, relaxed state while we perform this simple procedure. For information on our comfort dentistry methods, click here
Is a root canal the same as a filling?
A filling is a less extensive procedure than a root canal and only requires the removal of decay from the tooth’s surface. During a root canal, the damaged tooth pulp and nerve are removed before the filling or other restorations are applied.
Call your dentist in Puyallup, WA, Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, today at 253.200.5427 to find out more about root canals and how we make this and other procedures more comfortable for you!