Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
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If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Patient Review By Manuel H
Had a root canal procedure last Wednesday. Staff was extremely friendly and explained any questions I had. The procedure was done expertly by the doctor. She was very pleasant and explained the procedure in detail which helped put me at ease. Will recommend this office for the same procedure to my friends.
- Manuel H
Patient Review By Masako N
I had two root canal procedures done for the past two weeks. Dr. Bogaert demonstrated his expertise so convincingly that I was very comfortable and able to rely on his skills completely throughout the operations. My teeth did not hurt after the procedures, and I am quite happy about the whole experience.
- Masako N
Patient Review By Rupinderpal D
It was a good experience
- Rupinderpal D
Patient Review By Masako N
Very thorough and responsive after my questions after the procedure
- Masako N
Patient Review By Julia K
I was nervous about getting a root canal, but the doctor and staff were incredibly accommodating and made the whole experience positive! Dr. Bogaert was very friendly and even checked in on me a couple days after the procedure to make sure everything was okay!
- Julia K
Patient Review By Yang T
The staff is very friendly and efficient to book appointment for me, Dr. Wu is nice, communicable, and professional which make me relax. Nice place!
- Yang T
Patient Review By Chris S
Everyone involved with scheduling and carrying out the procedure was very friendly and professional. Dr. Wu especially was very pleasant to meet and chat with.
- Chris S
Patient Review By rick c
A root canal is not the most pleasant experience to be had, but Ashley Barrineau and Chelsea Richardson made my 4 hour procedure on a Friday night a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. The fact that both of these people elected to stay late on a Friday and made me glad I was there says something very important about both of them. The long procedure was handled with great professionalism, and, even though I couldn't talk with my mouth full of dental equipment, I had a great time listening and laughing with both of them. My mouth feels great but, more importantly, I made happy acquaintances for life.
- rick c
Patient Review By Julie D
Overall this was a very productive visit. My dental pain/issue was quickly diagnosed and addressed. The patient in the afternoon "emergency" time slot cancelled so I was able to be seen as a new patient, diagnosed, and get a root canal all in the same day. I was thrilled with the care at the office and after visit follow-ups. Dr. Wu called to check on my status a few days after the procedure to confirm everything was healing as it should. I wholeheartedly recommend this office and Dr. Wu as an Endodontist to anyone requiring this type of care.
- Julie D
Patient Review By Kim D
Kind professional office. Great attention to detail and at making sure you are informed and comfortable.
- Kim D
Patient Review By Bruce B
If needed I will come back to see her again.
- Bruce B
Patient Review By John L
I would highly recommend Dr Wu for any Endodontics procedures
- John L
Patient Review By Michael S
Very professional and prompt service
- Michael S
Patient Review By Sue J
I have to admit up front that I am not fond of going to the dentist. Fortunately I have not required any procedures other than cleaning my teeth every 6 months for several years. When my regular dentist discovered I had a root absorption she referred me to see an Endodontist. I waited 2-3 week as I really was nervous about that appointment. During that time I researched all of the nearby Endodontists. I’d read the reviews, go back and read again and again. I found myself always going back to Alderwood Endodontics and specifically Dr Wu. When the consult appointment came my Blood Pressure went up as I sat in the chair waiting to meet dr Wu. When she came in her demeanor was calm and reassuring and knowledgeable. Ok. I was going to make the 2 hour appointment for a root canal and an absorption repair. Of course I dreaded the appointment. Day of the appointment everyone calming and efficiently proceeded to numb the area. After 10-15 minutes the technician tested for numbness and it was not numb enough yet. She calmly said she’d have the Dr come back in to make me more comfortable. Dr Wu came in and gave more medication to numb the area. She was not rushed or agitated. She remained calm and sensitive to my comfort level. Next time she came back she was ready to begin. First the root canal, with several X-rays during to procedure to assure the root canal was completed. Staff would always allow a break for me if needed and a time to swallow. Next came the absorption repair. Again done carefully and efficiently with Dr and staff always verbally asking how I was doing. I would highly recommend the office and Dr Wu for any procedure. Although I hope I will not need any more special procedures I would definitely return to this office and Dr Wu. Thankyou staff and Dr Wu!
- Sue J
Patient Review By Dennis R
The whole process with very quick. From calling for the consultation appointment to the actual appointment. Staff was pleasant and kept me informed of what was going on.
- Dennis R
Patient Review By Rachael C
I would definitely recommend Alderwood Endodontics! Their staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I was able to get an appointment quickly and felt like a valued patient. I was extremely impressed when Dr.Barrineau personally called to check in later that day to ensure I was feeling well and didn’t have any questions! I will most certainly be returning for any future treatments!
- Rachael C
Patient Review By Michael S
Very professional and comforting dentist and office staff
- Michael S
Patient Review By stephanie h
Great staff and communication a plus!
- stephanie h
Patient Review By Kiem T
Very friendly office
- Kiem T
Patient Review By Tod B
Dr. Grace H. Wu was so nice and explained everything in detail even during the procedure. Explaining what she was doing and why, was very comforting and relieved a lot of anxiety I had. Even the music selection was excellent! This is the day after and I'm already feeling relief and doing well. Dr. Grace H.Wu called me this morning to follow up and make sure all is well. I highly recommend her for any procedure! I had a Root Canal done.
- Tod B