Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy services offered in Kirkland, WA

Root canal therapy is the best treatment option for saving a severely infected or decayed tooth. Nestor Cohenca, DDS, FIADT, is a highly skilled endodontist who performs root canal therapy at Prime Endodontics in Kirkland, Washington. To schedule a root canal therapy consultation with this leading endodontic practice in the Pacific Northwest, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Root Canal Therapy Q&A


What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment for an infection that affects the pulp, or soft tissue, in your tooth. It’s the best treatment option for saving a natural tooth. 

During root canal therapy, your endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, disinfects the root canal in the tooth, and fills the space with dental packing material to restore the full function of the tooth. 

Getting a root canal prevents the infection from turning into a more serious problem that may lead to tooth extraction. There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal therapy. Though a serious dental procedure, the treatment is relatively painless.

Removing teeth instead of performing root canal therapy leads to other dental problems like tooth loss and deterioration of the jawbone.

When do I need root canal therapy?

You need root canal therapy when you have severe decay or tooth infection that affects the soft tissue in the tooth. Prime Endodontics may also recommend a root canal if you have an injured or damaged tooth.

You should schedule a consultation at Prime Endodontics if you have a very painful toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold food, or tenderness in the gums. These are signs of a dental infection that might need root canal therapy.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Prime Endodontics specializes in root canal therapy, and you can expect patient-centered care during treatment. 

First, your endodontist will conduct a clinical and radiographic examination to determine the diagnosis and present you with treatment options. If you consent, he will numb the area around your tooth using a local anesthetic. Then, they create an access opening at the top of your tooth and remove the pulp and bacteria.

Your endodontist places a series of root canal files into the opening. Once they thoroughly clean the tooth, they fill it with dental packing material and seal it. Your endodontist fills the tooth or places a temporary crown and makes a mold of your tooth to create a permanent crown, which they place at another visit.

If you have an infection that’s not affecting the pulp, Prime Endodontics may use GentleWave® to prevent the need for a root canal. This minimally invasive treatment uses advanced sonic wave technology to disinfect the tooth. 

What happens after root canal therapy?

You may have some pain and inflammation following root canal therapy. The pain and discomfort subside over time as the tooth heals. 

Your root canal therapy should last the rest of your life. Regular dental X-rays, checkups, and cleanings ensure your root canal therapy remains intact.

To find out more about root canal therapy at Prime Endodontics, call the office or book an appointment online today.