Yakima, WA Dentist
Reep Family Dental
3804 Kern Road Suite A
Yakima, WA 98902
(509) 388-0331
By Reep Family Dental
December 23, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Yakima  
Root Canal YakimaThe dreaded root canal procedure may not be as “evil” as you think it is.  Root canals are done to save a tooth, not hurt you, and Dr. Nic Reep, our Yakima area dentist, is available to safely, effectively and even painlessly administer root canal therapy to save your tooth. It is important to understand the root canal procedure to eliminate your fears and anxieties before treatment. 
Chances are, your concerns or worries about a root canal in Yakima were brought on by someone else’s horror story or a bad past experience. But the truth of the matter is, root canal therapy is intended to relieve the pain caused by your decayed tooth, not cause you pain. The best way to overcome your fears of a root canal, save your tooth and relieve your pain is to visit Dr. Nic Reep, a dentist in Yakima, WA who specializes in root canal therapy and offers extensive training in administering the procedure. These dental professionals are known as endodontists.  These specialists in root canals have received advanced training in delivering successful, comfortable root canals that help patients feel at ease while saving the tooth.

Why are Root Canals Necessary?

Dr. Reep may recommend root canal therapy when the inside of your tooth (the pulp which provides nutrients to the tooth) becomes infected due to injury or decay.  The pulp can get infected or inflamed for a number of reasons, including trauma or an accident, multiple fillings, or a broken down tooth. Untreated, the infection can spread into the surrounding bone, causing more serious problems. Root canal therapy removes the infection from the pulp. The only other alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the tooth.
A common sign of an infected tooth is pain or discomfort.  Other symptoms of infected or inflamed pulp include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, sensitivity to touch, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the gums.

The Procedure - What to Expect

During root canal therapy, your tooth will be numbed, which means the procedure will be as comfortable and pain free as possible. Then the diseased tissue is removed and replaced with a filling material. The tooth is often “capped” with a crown to return strength and restore the tooth’s appearance.
Following treatment the tooth should be cared for the same as natural teeth. With regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist in Yakima, Dr. Nic Reep, a tooth treated with a root canal can last you the rest of your life.
If you experience tooth pain, it doesn’t always mean you need root canal therapy. Always talk to Dr. Nic Reep about problems you are having with your teeth. If you do need a root canal, a Dr. Reep can safely and comfortably administer treatment so that you can save your tooth and restore it to full function and appearance.