Root Canals Specialist

Battle Ground Dental

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic & Implant Dentists located in Battle Ground, WA

A root canal is a routine endodontic procedure designed to remove infections and save your tooth. With their expertise in advanced root canal treatments, Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, lead the team at Battle Ground Dental. The skilled dental team can evaluate your situation and whether you need a root canal procedure. Book your appointment directly through the online scheduling tool or call the office in Battle Ground, Washington, to speak with a team member.

Root Canals Q & A

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is the best way to preserve your tooth and prevent an extraction. After all, losing a tooth can lead to permanent bone and tissue loss, as well as ongoing issues with teeth shifting and bite problems. You may need a root canal if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Deep infection (abscess)
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Filling that’s too large to replace


Sometimes, a root canal is essential if you have an overly sensitive tooth. Extreme sensitivity could be an indicator that there’s an opening near your nerve, which can allow bacteria to get inside. Because your risk of serious infection may be elevated, a root canal could be necessary.

What happens during a root canal?

Your root canal treatment from Battle Ground Dental begins with thoroughly numbing your treatment area. Your dentist makes a small opening in your tooth, which is very similar to the drilling you experience when you get a filling.

They carefully remove all of your dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. The next step involves thoroughly cleaning out the inner chambers of your tooth and removing all signs of infection, in addition to reshaping your tooth’s root.

Your dentist then fills the opening with a rubbery dental material called gutta-percha. At this point, your tooth is treated and your dentist simply needs to close the opening with a dental filling or get you fitted for a crown — you get a temporary crown the day of your root canal.

If you do need a crown, it takes a couple of weeks for it to be fabricated in the lab. Your dentist schedules you for a follow-up visit when your crown arrives so they can permanently bond it to your treated tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

In years past, root canals were one of the most dreaded dental procedures. But thanks to advancements in numbing solutions and sedation dentistry, including oral sedation, the team at Battle Ground Dental can ensure your root canal procedure is as comfortable and painless as The team at Battle Ground Dental is highly skilled at gentle dental techniques, so you won’t have to stress about pain during your root canal.

If you need a root canal or want a second opinion, contact Battle Ground Dental today. You can conveniently book your root canal appointment either online or over the phone.