1301 E Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla, AK 99654


MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy (RCT) is a procedure that relieves pain and allows the patient to keep the damaged tooth, rather than having it extracted. Dr. Lane uses microtools for a precision procedure and offers anesthesia and sedation options for optimal patient comfort. Root canal treatment is only recommended when a tooth is infected internally, in which case any other restorative treatment will not be effective. The only alternative to RCT is tooth extraction.

If you’ve been told that you need root canal therapy or you’re suffering from a nagging, unyielding toothache, call Lane Family Dental in Wasilla, AK today at 907-393-2200. Dr. Lane will take x-rays, examine your mouth, and explain his findings so that you will have all the facts when deciding on the best treatment for your infected tooth.

When does a tooth need RCT?

The center chamber and canals in the roots of teeth carry a nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. These components are cumulatively known as the dental pulp, and they are sterile. A cavity or fracture that extends through tooth enamel and dentin will ultimately penetrate the tooth’s center chamber and allow bacteria to enter. A failing filling or crown, or new fracture or decay, can lead to the need for root canal therapy.

Bacteria that infiltrate the tooth’s core create infection in the pulp. As infection grows, pressure builds, compressing the dental nerve. This creates an increasing toothache, which is commonly the primary symptom that drives a patient to the dentist’s office. Simply repairing the damaged tooth with a crown will not suffice, because the core of the tooth has been compromised.

What does root canal treatment involve?

To remove infection within a tooth’s chamber and canals, Dr. Lane must perform root canal therapy. After ensuring your comfort, he will enter the tooth and extract all bacteria and infected tissues. The tooth’s inner components will then be sterilized before a rubberlike substance called gutta-percha will be inserted. Gutta-percha fills the tooth’s chamber and canals to provide internal support. Completing the procedure, Dr. Lane will attach a temporary dental crown over the affected tooth. You’ll return in a few weeks to receive your permanent crown.

What happens if I wait too long?

Left untreated, an infection within a tooth can spread to the jawbone, cause abscesses, and/or enter the bloodstream to impact overall health negatively. Treating the tooth with antibiotics is not a solution to the problem, because infection will cause the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels will die. Those tissues will not heal. Through the initial crack or cavity, bacteria will continue to have direct access to the tooth’s core; therefore, the infection will return. People have been known to die as a result of untreated tooth infections.

Oftentimes, waiting to have a root canal done creates an emergency dental situation, in which the patient experiences significant pain until he or she can be treated by a dentist.

Schedule Now to Find Relief and Save Your Tooth

If you have been diagnosed with an infected tooth and told that you need root canal therapy, you can seek a second opinion. If the infection has not breached a tooth’s core, alternative treatment is possible. Dr. Lane will conduct a thorough evaluation of your oral health, then explain his findings and the viable treatment options. Our team’s goal is to help you restore good oral health, then maintain it. First, however, we will get you out of pain! Call Lane Family Dental in Wasilla, AK today at 907-393-2200 to schedule your appointment.

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Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
Heather Tallman
00:13 10 Oct 18
Dr Lane Family Dentistry is absolutely wonderful! My kids love to go here! Friendly, great customer service, thorough cleanings!
Danielle Mettling
20:01 14 Aug 18
I have a great disliking for all things teeth related, but my experience was great. Look forward to working with this clinic on getting my teeth where they need to be.
cristina mcanulty
01:10 25 Jul 18
I had an issue come up after hours and I sent them a message via Messenger and they immediately responded and were able to fit me in today!!! I’m so thankful for their help, but most of all for their amazing customer service and care for patients. I would absolutely recommend them for all of your dental needs.
Jess Adams
02:25 21 Jul 18
Very professional and nice people. Facility and dental equipment new and up to date! 5 out 5 stars!????
Angela Lundvall
01:48 26 Jun 18
This is the second time I’ve gone here and I’m still blown away by the service and attention to detail. Prior to these guys, I used to dread dental visits. At this office, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We just had our first child three weeks ago and I had to bring him with. I hoped that he would sleep through, but of course he woke up as soon as I showed up for the appt. He was hungry, but instead of getting upset with sticking to time schedules, they encouraged me to make sure he ate enough and burped before we started. He was still fussy, so their receptionist (she is amazing) held him while their dental hygienist (she was also awesome) did my x-rays and then we tucked him in the chair with me during the cleaning. Love it! My teeth are super shiny clean and both this mamma and her baby are very satisfied customers. ^_^
Rebecca Abshire
20:31 15 Jun 18
I had so much built up anxiety from not going to regular dental check ups like I probably should have but the staff was phenomenal! They all made me feel comfortable, didn't judge me, and had great hospitality. The hygentist was sweet, and gentle. I have not experienced that in a long time. I'm actually excited to go back in a few months for another cleaning. From the time I walked in to the time I left I felt like I chose the right place to go.
Caroll Denton
03:09 15 Jun 18
I'm pretty self conscious about my teeth, when I went into Lane Family Dental I felt very comfortable, and welcomed as soon as I opened the door. The staff here are amazing! I also enjoy how customer based the office is with refreshments, massage chairs and Netflix. After 10 years of trying to find a good dentist, Dr. Lane is by far the best.
Ronald Chester
00:22 23 May 18
Al though I went a long time without teeth I am glad to have them now Dr Lane is very good he is the best dentist I have ever been to he cares about my teeth he didn't hurt me like some have in the past I would like to thank him and his staff they ate all caring and professional people I highly recommend his dental services thanks
Kim Washington
20:20 22 May 18
I have really truly tried to avoid all dentist's! But I love Lane Family Dentist!! Very Much Looking Forward to my next appointments!! Must Visit!! You Wont Be Disappointed ?!! 5'Stars!!
Adrian Hull
00:16 01 May 18
My husband and I recently found Lane Family Dental. We are both so pleased with their professionalism, modern equipment and outstanding care. The people at the front and Dr. Lane's dental assistant are bright, cheeful and professional as well. Living in Talkeetna we are so pleased they have two offices, one being in Willow which is quite convenient. Thank you Lane Family Dental for providing such great care to the Mat-Su Valley.
Jessica M.
02:11 28 Apr 18
Great atmosphere, staff, and dentist. I had a bad experience the last time I went to the dentist so I was petrified to go in but this place was totally relieving. Me and my family will always be coming here with our dental needs.
Ryan Hill
17:43 21 Mar 18
I have always had a wonderful experience with this office. Everyone is always nice and welcoming. The office is clean and beautifully decorated. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Macey Shapiro
19:53 05 Mar 18
The best dentist I’ve had in my 60 years. Absolutely impeccably clean facilities. New facilities. The latest techniques and strategies to provide excellent dental care. And most of all the least amount of pain I’ve ever felt at the dentist.
Paulette E
22:45 09 Feb 18
About a year or so ago I discovered Lane Dental. Due to circumstances in my life I hadn’t been to a dentist in a really long time. They were very caring and kind. Since then I’ve had some teeth removed and am currently having a partial made. They have been patiently working with me and my insurance. Asia has been wonderful to work with for my scheduling and Dr. lane has been so kind and gentle. His assistants have been a real pleasure also. Thank you to the entire staff ?
Jan Miller
17:14 02 Dec 17
Finally, a dentist I look forward to coming to. Great staff, lovely warm waiting area. Dr.Lane is gentle, kind and professional. He explains each process so you know what he is doing. My teeth look great after he fixed some chips in my front teeth.I highly recommend Lane Family Dentistry.
Douglas Gregory
01:07 30 Nov 17
Fantastic customer service! Everybody there is very friendly and easy to talk to. They explained everything that was going on with my teeth, provided a plan to get them back in good shape, and cleaned em up real nice. It may have been a while since my last trip to a dentist, but I don't remember the visits being so relaxing.
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Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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