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Root Canal Treatment Specialist

Sunrise Dental

Dentist located in Olympia, WA

The staff of Sunrise Dental of Olympia offers root canal treatments on a case-by-case basis, crowns, and other dental procedures. The facility serves patients who live in and around the greater Olympia, Washington, area.

Root Canal Treatment Q & A

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into the tooth and removing the entire nerve. Once the entire root has been removed, the dentist will fill the vacant area with a cement composite. This not only fills the gap but also will stabilize the rest of the tooth, making it more resistant to damage that may be the result of pressure or decay. Although the enamel may wear away and a cavity may form, it is much less likely to result in the loss of the tooth. During a root canal treatment, the dentist will also treat any possible infection that may be present. If the top of the tooth is badly damaged, the dentist may choose to place a crown over the top of the tooth.

How Long Does it Take for a Root Canal to Heal?

If anesthesia was used, the initial recovery time will be two or three hours after the procedure. The removal of the nerve can result in at least a two or three day recovery period. If the tooth heals normally, the patient will not have any restrictions when it comes to eating or drinking. Because the procedure can be quite extensive, the doctor may provide antibiotics to protect the area from infection. The dentist will recommend measures the patient can take to prevent infection and hasten the healing process. There are cases when a root canal treatment uncovers other problems that may need to be addressed during the procedure. This can result in a longer than expected healing time.

When Should a Root Canal be Performed?

A root canal treatment should be performed when a tooth has been compromised but is still structurally stable enough to maintain its position in the mouth. Individuals who experience repeated abscesses or infections may look into getting a root canal to prevent the pain and discomfort that is associated with the condition. Root canals can often stabilize a tooth that has been damaged by repeated cavities. If there is enough of the tooth left to salvage, performing a root canal may be the only way of preserving what is left of the tooth. If a tooth is cracked or broken in any way, the doctor may recommend a tooth extraction instead of a root canal.


We care greatly about your dental health at Sunrise Dental of Olympia. We accept many insurance plans to help patients achieve the care that they need. If you have any questions about how we can help you afford your dental care, please call our office to learn more. Thank you in advance from the staff at Sunrise Dental of Olympia.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Dental Health Alliance (PPO)
Best Life And Health
Dearborn National
Delta Dental
Lincoln Financial Group
Northwest Administrators
Premera Blue Cross