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When many people hear they need to restore their teeth with endodontic therapy, they oftentimes cringe. However, this is often the case because they’re not sure what the treatment entails. If you’re one of these people, Dr. Kerry Olszewski and our dental team would like to give you some information so you know a little more about endodontic therapy, which is also called root canal therapy. Hopefully it will help you feel more comfortable in the dental chair.

Endodontic treatment is necessary to restore and save a tooth that has been extremely infected or decayed. During the treatment, Dr. Kerry Olszewski will remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth because it will prevent infections to the surrounding tissues and it will prevent abscesses. Then, she will clean and seal the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown.

This treatment has the reputation for being painful. But, whether you believe it or not, the treatment process itself is actually less painful than the pain experienced before the treatment. It’s also no more painful than having a dental filling placed.

After the treatment, the tooth will most likely be a bit sensitive for a few days. You can relieve the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication. Oftentimes, you can return to your normal activities the next day. Until then, it’s best to recuperate.

Now remember, our dental team will take very good care of you during your treatment. In fact, we will make sure you are as comfortable as possible—we’ll even use a numbing agent and injection so you won’t feel a thing. So, please don’t be nervous or scared about your appointment. To learn more about root canal therapy in Mill Creek, Washington, please don’t hesitate to give Mill Creek General Dentistry a call at 425-337-5549. We are more than happy to help you!