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Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may trigger dread or even panic. While root canals have unfairly acquired a poor reputation, it is not uncommon for patients to put off this important endodontic treatment or avoid it altogether. The truth is, your root canal can both save your tooth and bring you out of pain – it is not a treatment you should shy away from!

If pain is what you fear with your root canal therapy, you’ll be glad to know that most patients report that their root canal is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. Instead of causing pain, your root canal treatment will relieve pain. If you’ve been told you need this endodontic therapy, it is likely because your tooth nerves are infected or damaged, which means you are already suffering from intense and disruptive pain.

Why is a Root Canal Necessary?

If your outer tooth layer (enamel) is damaged or decayed, it can typically be repaired with a dental filling or crown. However, if the infection has penetrated the inner portion of the tooth, the nerves are likely to be involved. This can not only evoke extreme pain and sensitivity, but it can also compromise the life of the tooth.

A root canal procedure removes the damaged tooth pulp, cleans the inner chamber and seals the tooth off for future protection. Put simply, a root canal saves your natural tooth and helps you avoid an extraction and dental implant.

Dangers of Avoiding a Root Canal

Still tempted to reschedule or cancel your root canal? Consider yourself at risk for the following:

  • Worsening Pain– root canals are the only way to alleviate the excruciating pain of an infected tooth.
  • Spreading Infection – not only are your neighboring teeth in danger, but a dental infection can also enter your bloodstream and affect your overall health.
  • Tooth Loss – whether the tooth falls out on its own or a tooth extraction is warranted, you’ll eventually need to replace the missing tooth with a bridge or implant.

Ready to schedule that root canal? Call Downriver Smiles today. With our relaxing amenities, sedation dentistry and caring staff, we can provide a comfortable and rewarding experience for every patient.

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3404 W Northwest Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99205

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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!
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  • 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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3404 W Northwest Blvd,
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