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Endodontic Treatment (Root Canals)


To keep your teeth as strong as possible, you should have a great oral care system in place. In fact, you should have an oral care system in place that includes coming in for regular visits so that we can help you keep track of your overall oral health. At Pickens Family Dentistry in Vancouver, we work hard to ensure that our patients maintain the highest levels of oral health possible. That includes patients who need to have work done. We believe that everyone deserves strong teeth, and we do our very best to ensure that yours remain healthy and firmly in place. To achieve that goal, we are proud to offer root canal treatment to our patients.

When Is A Root Canal Needed?

If your tooth has suffered a significant amount of decay, you may need a root canal.While the overall goal of dentistry is to keep your teeth healthy and avoid serious issues altogether, sometimes we need to have work done to help correct problems and improve the strength of our teeth. A root canal is a type of procedure that we use to try and keep even damaged and decayed teeth in a patient’s mouth. Or, to be more specific, it is a treatment that is used to help fix the issues currently plaguing the tooth in question to help it heal and prolong its life.

While root canal treatment is often the last resort before turning to something like extraction, you should not take that as a sign that teeth that have had root canals are destined to be pulled. With today’s root canal treatments, we have great success at treating teeth and keeping them in place for a lifetime.

The Root Canal Dental Procedure

After the root canal procedure, the decay and infection will have been removed.Most patients are familiar with the idea of having a cavity filled. Regarding the process and overall recovery time, having a root canal is quite similar. When you have a filling placed, first we will remove all of the decay and infection in your tooth, and then replace it with dental material designed to help keep your tooth healthy and strong. Root canals are essentially a more in-depth version of this process.

The difference lies primarily of decay that must be removed. Cavities usually are not very deep in nature – that is why they can be relatively easily filled without too much discomfort on the part of the patient. Root canal treatment drills down through the tooth all the way to its roots. The decay in the tooth and the root canals themselves is cleaned, and the area is cleared of any debris or infection. We then pack the tooth with filling material and often place a crown over it to help protect the area a bit more thoroughly.

The Root Canal Recovery Process

Regarding recovery time needed after a root canal, many patients report that it is very similar to that of a cavity filling. Many even return to work that same day!

Schedule Your Root Canal Appointment

For more information on root canal treatment, please contact us at (360) 447-6355 today! Our experienced professionals are happy to help.
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Pickens Family Dentistry


7508 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662

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