Do you have a broken tooth, swollen gums, or toothaches that keep you up at night? Delaying your dental care can lead to long-term issues and severe pain. Visit 5 Mile Smiles today to learn about the latest treatment options from our talented Spokane endodontist, Dr. Jason Keefe.
What is an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dental expert that is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of tooth pain. Endodontists are required to complete four years of dental school along with an additional two years of specialty training related to routine and complex root canals, endodontic surgery, and other procedures used to treat the interior of the tooth.
Detecting Dental Issues Early
Often times, you won’t know that there is anything wrong with your tooth until it begins to hurt. Dr. Keefe will schedule an emergency dental appointment and treat your tooth problems on the same day.
But what if you could detect the need for a root canal before infection sets in? 5 Mile Smiles uses state-of-the-art CBCT technology: digital scanning equipment that shows a complete view of your teeth and roots. The images can tell us if a tooth is cracking or if there is an infected root in need of treatment. Early infection detection is key to preventing pain and discomfort from a bad tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is used to treat broken, decayed, infected, or abscessed teeth. Instead of extracting the tooth, our dentist will use state of the art WaveOne technology to remove any decay or infection and clean the nerve chamber inside of the roots. A natural, thermoplastic resin called gutta-percha is used to fill and seal off the tooth.
Same Day Dental Crowns
Traditionally, a dentist had to take an impression of your teeth and send it off to a lab to have a crown made. You would be sent home from root canal therapy with a temporary crown to fit over the damaged tooth. Two weeks later, you would have to return to have the new crown fitted and bonded in place. At 5 Mile Smiles, we use state of the art CEREC technology to create your custom fitted, porcelain crown that matches your natural teeth. The entire procedure including the root canal takes about 2 hours from start to finish, preserving your tooth and keeping your smile beautiful! You may even find that it saves you money as it requires taking less time off from work!
Why Choose Dr. Keefe for Your Treatment?
Dr Jason Keefe is one of the best endodontists in Spokane, providing oral surgery and root canals in the area for the past 25 years. While root canals have earned a bad reputation as a painful procedure, our experienced dental team takes steps to ensure your comfort by using the latest technology, anesthetic, and sedation techniques.
Many dentists will use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax their patients for root canals or other procedures. The problem is that once the nitrous wears off, you may experience anxiety – the opposite of comfort and relaxation! The sedative we use lets you safely relax through your root canal. You likely won’t even remember it happening!
If you have a bad tooth and think you might need a root canal, contact 5 Mile Smiles today to schedule an appointment.
“Awesome dentist and staff. Very friendly and caring!”
– Lisa Legore
“Awesome team and customer service! I have really bad anxiety when it comes to the dentist and they walked me through everything and kept me rolling through! Highly recommend!”
– Mo McMahon