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If you still shudder at the mention of a root canal, then you have not yet experienced modern, painless dentistry at Downriver Smiles. Spokane’s best dental clinic offers advanced root canal therapy to save infected teeth from loss. our dentists and his team use the latest tools and techniques to deliver unparalleled treatment with your comfort and best oral health in mind.

Root canals were at one time a more painful experience, although their intention is to eliminate deep tooth infections that cause pain. Older techniques were quite rough and invasive, leading to all the horror stories of root canals that persist today. If you need a root canal to save an infected tooth, you have nothing to fear and much to gain at Downriver Smiles.

Root canals may be recommended to save a tooth that has become infected. When bacteria finds its way through the tooth enamel via a chip or crack, it invades the softer dentin. This causes the nerves within to become infected. This is usually a painful condition that you want fixed as soon as possible. A root canal is a frequent treatment to relieve the pain and save the tooth.

Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!

Instead of causing you more pain, root canals actually remove the source of your tooth pain. The infected nerves are cleaned out of the inner tooth, along with all the infection. The tooth is then filled with a sterile substance and sealed closed. A custom crown will be made in a dental lab and placed over the tooth for added strength and protection. Without nerves in the tooth, you cannot feel any pain.

At Downriver Smiles in Spokane, we use 3D cone beam scanning to create a digital image of your tooth. The dental lab uses this to create your crown; no holding gummy, nasty material in your mouth to create a physical mold at our modern dental clinic. We create beautiful, tooth-colored crowns that fit in perfectly with your smile. No one will know you have had dental work.

When you or a family member have a painful, infected tooth, contact Downriver Smiles for an appointment for a root canal at our Spokane office. For many dental emergencies, we may be able to see you today. We accept most forms of dental insurance to help defray the cost of emergency dental care.


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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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