Root Canals

Bringing an end to your tooth sensitivity and pain with microscopic dentistry.

Root Canal Therapy

We have two goals: To save your tooth and get you out of pain.

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Root canals have a bad reputation (for some reason) for being painful, but they actually help stop the pain. In fact, this procedure removes the infection, seals the tooth, and protects it to give you long-lasting pain relief.

If you’re suffering from tooth pain or have experienced mouth trauma, it’s definitely time to see your Lake Stevens dentist for a consultation.

Left untreated, an infected or exposed tooth can lead to widespread infection, tooth loss, and costly tooth replacements.

Signs you should see your dentist for a root canal consultation:

  • Throbbing toothache
  • Tooth pain that spreads to your face
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold foods and drinks
  • A pimple or abscess on the gums
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums

Sometimes there aren’t any obvious symptoms, so it’s important to maintain regular dental check-ups. We also offer emergency same-day root canals.

A Source of Relief

Here are the benefits of getting a root canal now rather than later.

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Microscopic dentistry with anesthetics makes fixing decay deep down in your tooth easier, faster, and more comfortable.

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Tooth decay is a progressive problem that spreads, but we can treat the infection and save your tooth from extraction when caught in time.

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The proven procedure has a high success rate in restoring your oral health for beauty, function, and overall well-being.

Getting to the Root of Your Problem

How does this treatment work?

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During your root canal consultation, our dentist in Lake Stevens, WA uses a dental microscope to evaluate your tooth and x-rays to understand the extent of the infection. We then plan out your procedure, explain the steps, and answer all your questions.

Modern technology and gentle techniques help ensure a smooth process. We begin by numbing the area. Then, using a dental microscope we clean out the tooth decay in the pulp chamber and root canal, and apply medicine (if needed).

After clearing the decay and drying the inner tooth, we close it with a safe rubber-like filling and place a custom crown on top. The result is a healthy tooth that’s strong, durable, functional, pain-free, and beautiful.

Eat, speak, and smile with full confidence and comfort with a safe root canal in Lake Stevens, WA.

‘‘Our family has been going to All Smiles Dentistry for about 10 years and have been very happy with their services. Dr. Jason and all the staff are kind and professional; and quick to get us in for an appointment if needed for tooth pain, etc. Within our family of five, we’ve had many different services, including cleanings, fillings, root canals, and crowns.’’

- Birgitte N.

FAQ about Root Canals

We give you the answers you need about this often misunderstood treatment.

  • Is root canal treatment painful?

    The thought of a root canal to save your natural tooth may sound scary and cause anxiety, but that’s probably because of what you’ve heard in the past. The truth is root canal therapy has come a long way in technique, technology, and materials.

    Microscopic dentistry enables our Lake Stevens dentist to get greater insight to your issue and perform a comfortable root canal. Many patients say it’s comparable to a tooth extraction in that it’s painless, but you may feel some very mild discomfort.

    After applying a local numbing agent, you won’t feel the area as we gently treat your infected tooth. You may notice some slight pressure and an occasional tug, but that’s all very quick and minor.

    Remember that root canals have the power to save your natural smile and are an investment in your long-term oral health. On the other hand, an extraction for a tooth beyond repair requires multiple appointments (tooth removal, restoration creation, and placement).

  • I’m not experiencing pain. Is a root canal necessary?

    If our team at All Smiles Dentistry determines you need a root canal treatment, then we’ve discovered bacteria inside the tooth or know you’re at risk due to tooth damage.

    Believe it or not, it’s very common for root canal issues not to cause much pain early on, especially if you take pain relievers. However, the infected tooth root produces more serious pain once the issue progresses.

    Unfortunately, advanced tooth decay or damage that spreads may require an extraction vs. root canal therapy. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental exams and professional cleanings.

    The sooner we spot an issue, the easier, faster, and less expensive it is to fix. It’s never too late to get your dental health back on track, so please schedule an appointment with our Snohomish County dentist.

  • Is root canal treatment expensive?

    The cost of a root canal depends on your treatment and insurance coverage. However, it’s a cheaper and more comfortable option than a tooth extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant. The latter takes more time and effort.

    Please schedule a consultation today to learn more about how much a root canal costs in Lake Stevens, WA.

  • Is a root canal treatment covered by dental insurance?

    Your root canal therapy may be covered by insurance, depending on your level of coverage. In most cases, dental insurers classify root canals as necessary procedures and provide coverage.

    Please contact us directly to find out how much your procedure may cost and how we can assist with your claim.

  • How long does it take to recover?
    Typically, recovery takes about one to two days. Our dentist may recommend an OTC (over-the-counter) pain reliever to manage any discomfort after your anesthetic wears off.

    Our dental team also explains how to best care for your tooth at home and if you need to schedule a follow-up visit. We’ll equip you with the tools for happy healing outside of the office.

  • Will other people be able to tell that I had a root canal?
    In most cases, a root canal requires a tooth cover to protect your tooth and restore function for chewing. This cover is a custom-made dental crown adhered onto your tooth, which looks and feels natural.

    Nobody has to know about your procedure unless you tell them!

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