Endodontics

Root canals and other specialized treatment for the dental pulp and root tissues at your Washington dental office

Root Canal Treatment, Endodontics in Kennewick, WA | Marineland Dental
Root Canal | Endodontics in Kennewick, WA

If your tooth aches whenever you consume hot or cold foods and drinks, the pulp inside your tooth may be infected. After a dental check-up, Washington dentist Dr. Hadley may recommend Endodontic treatment. Endodontics is a specialization in dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the of pulp and tooth root.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is one of the most common endodontic procedures. It is used to treat an infected or inflamed dental pulp. During a root canal procedure, the endodontist removes decayed areas in the center of the tooth and seals off the cavity with filling material. The procedure prevents the spread of infection and saves a tooth that would otherwise be extracted.

Endodontics for Complicated Cases

Endodontic procedures are often recommended for complicated cases such as unusual anatomy and blocked, crooked and very narrow canals. Advanced technology and equipment like digital 3D imaging, intra-oral cameras and ultrasonics are used for diagnosis and treatment.

Complete endodontic treatment typically takes more than one visit to the dentist. Dr. Hadley will discuss all the dental work and special care needed. This includes instructions on caring for a post-root canal tooth that has not been fitted with a permanent tooth crown, maintaining good oral hygiene and preventing fracture of the treated tooth.

To learn more about Root Canals and Endodontics in Kennewick, WA please call our Washington dental office at 509-591-0515. You may also fill out the appointment form to schedule a dental consultation.

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Dr Walter Hadley on Endodontics – Marineland Dental Care, Kennewick, WA

I think that that comment, I’d rather have this or that than a root canal, that’s kind of a byword, root canals have just been a byword for a long time because they used to have a lot of complications in terms of pain postoperative. I believe 20 years from now that will no longer be a colloquial kind of joke, I just don’t think people will use it as a reference to pain because what happened, mostly we got rotary instruments that make root canals better and faster and easily. Probably the single biggest thing we did a few years ago is suddenly catch on that we could open a tooth and fill a tooth in the same visit. We were taught years ago you had to open, reappoint the patient and bring them back. We found out that’s not necessary and when we started opening and filling in one visit our postoperative complications went down from maybe one in three patients to maybe one in, well, we can hardly count it. It went almost to zero. Root canals I think will be a non-event in a few years, it’ll be like a filling, just it’ll maybe take a little longer but it’ll be like a filling or a crown, it won’t have the same stigma or connotation that it once had because right now it’s quite

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