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Restore Your Smile With A Root Canal

A root canal will save a tooth which otherwise would have been extracted.

Why do I need a root canal?

If a root canal is recommended, it means you have a tooth with a diseased nerve. A diseased nerve can ultimately result in an abscess or pus-pocket, which is a bacterial infection. The resulting infection can cause pain and swelling, and can ultimately affect your jawbone and overall health.

Will the root canal be painful?

As with extractions, it is important with root canal procedures that the tooth be profoundly numb. Once that has been accomplished, the experience of having a root canal is no different than having a filling – except it may take a little longer.

How many visits will I need for a root canal?

This procedure can take up to three appointments.

At your first appointment:

  1. The tooth is profoundly anesthetized and a rubber dam is placed.
  2. The diseased pulp will be removed from your tooth.
    Pulp: a material residing inside the tooth which includes the nerve and blood vessels.
  1. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned, shaped, and sealed.

At your second appointment:

Most teeth that have had a root canal require a crown and core buildup immediately after. Sometimes the buildup and shaping of the tooth for a crown is accomplished at the root canal visit. Other times it will be on a separate visit.

If a third appointment is necessary:

  1. Your newly created crown is placed on the remaining structure of your tooth.
  2. Your bite is checked to make sure all pressure points are evenly matched.

How long will my tooth last after a root canal?

Your restored tooth can last a lifetime if you continue to care for it with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups.


Dr. Sackman, Leesa and the staff know how to take care of people. I have seen Dr. Sackman speak about the work he does and it is clear he is educated and committed to providing excellent care for his patients.

Ariel H.

We’ve been patients at Redmond Family Dentistry for years. Mostly we see Dr. Sackman, who is pleasant and takes time to explain things. His staff are wonderful too. At the front desk, they take time to walk you through insurance, billing, and costs of recommended treatments. The hygienists do a good job with cleanings, which, let’s be honest, are nobody’s favorite way to spend an hour. They have been great with my daughter since she was little.

Jessica S.

This office is AMAZING. I can’t say enough good things about them. I needed to have a root canal done pretty urgently and they did everything possible to fit me in within my timeframe. They referred me out to an endodontist for the actual root canal, but all the other work was done in their office. Dr. Whittle did most of my work and she was awesome. The assistants were really great as well. They were exactly on time, never a wait. They numbed me well and were concerned about my comfort. I really really really hate the dentist, hence waiting until I had to have a root canal, but I will definitely be going here again.

Launa B.