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Sunrise Dental

Dentists located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA

Root Canals Specialist

If you have an infected tooth, you want to do everything possible to save it. Dr. RJ Henneberg and Dr. Filip Orban have performed routine root canals for decades between them. If you’re in pain and worried about your tooth, you want to leave your mouth in their trusted hands. If you’re looking for a dentist in the Spokane, Washington, area to save your infected tooth, make an appointment at one of the Sunrise Dental locations.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure to fix an infected or decaying tooth. During the procedure, your dentist removes the pulp inside your tooth and seals in the space to prevent further decay.

Several factors may have caused your tooth to become infected:

  • Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
  • A cavity that extends deep inside the tooth
  • A crack or fracture that allowed bacteria in
  • Tooth injury that may have gone undetected

It’s important to contact your dentist right away if you experience pain or swelling in your teeth so you can save it. Left untreated, your tooth may become irreparably damaged and require extraction.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

First, your dentist numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic. When that kicks in, he drills a hole into the root canal. Using tiny, precise instruments, he cleans out the tissue inside the canal and sterilizes the space. Then, he fills in the cavity with special dental sealant to prevent further infection.

Afterward, your dentist either fills the top of the tooth with a permanent filling or a temporary filling in preparation for a crown. At your follow-up appointment, your dentist examines the tooth and places the permanent crown.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

The idea of having a root canal intimidates a lot of people but others who’ve had one report it feeling no different than a filling. In fact, the drilling and filling aren’t unlike having a cavity filled.

Your dentist numbs your mouth before performing the procedure, so you’ll be numb to any pain. The slight discomfort you might feel after the anesthesia wears off is minimal in comparison to the pain of infection. So even though you might not be eager to have a root canal, it’s meant to relieve your pain, not cause it.

What are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

Anytime you can save your original teeth, you have better outcomes. Your original teeth function and look natural where no replacement can do the same.

Tooth replacement is also much more extensive and expensive than a root canal. The disadvantages of not replacing missing teeth have far-reaching effects including shifting teeth, changed appearance, decreased chewing function, and additional stress on remaining teeth.

If you need to schedule a root canal or think you have an infected tooth, let the experts at Sunrise Dental restore your tooth to full function.

Accepted Insurance Plans

We accept most insurance plans and will assist you in determining benefits and patient portions. For your convenience, we accept cash and checks, Visa, masterCard, and Discover cards. We also accept CareCredit and provide CareCredit application forms right in our office.

*Your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance benefit company. It is your responsibility to know your insurance policy rules, limitations, and benefits. Because insurance policies vary greatly, we can estimate your coverage in good faith, but cannot guarantee it. As a service to our patients, we will be happy to manage all claim submission and follow up on your behalf.

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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "The Sunrise Dental staff is excellent! They did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to carefully explain what they were doing and why."

    Jonathan W.
  • Yelp

    "I was really impressed with their service and personal care. I didn't feel like a rush in and out patient. It was clean and the staff were very nice."

    Anna H.
  • Google+

    "RJ and his team took fantastic care of me, explaining the process along the way and ensuring I remained comfortable throughout the procedure."

    Jonathan W.
  • "I've been going to Sunrise Dental for many years. They have always been friendly and do quality work."

    Jim K.
  • "I love this office. Everyone is super. I highly recommend this office. Doctors and assistants are great and very tentative to patients."

    Irene S.
  • "Awesome staff, very friendly. Never anxious going to Sunrise Dental - they always put you at ease. Highly recommend."

    Rebecca O.
  • "Very, very pleasant people I met there. The staff was wonderful.. felt very comfortable with everyone. Thank you!!"

    Teri F.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Orban is the first dentist I have ever seen that actually sat down and explained in detail exactly what needed to be done and the different options available."

    Dale K.
  • Healthgrades

    "My mom loved the doctor. She said they made her feel like they truly cared about her, and getting her better."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "I've been to others that were friendly and professional, but Dr. Orban's office seemed to have an extra bit of courtesy and thoughtfulness."

    Randy W.
  • Healthgrades

    "I haven't had a single problem with them. I would and have recommended him to anyone needing a dentist."

    Kristin H.
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