1205 SE Professional Mall Blvd., Suite #202
Pullman, WA 99163
Phone: 509-332-8084          Fax: 509-332-6380


Root canal treatment may become necessary if tooth decay (and bacteria) reaches the tooth pulp or if a tooth has receives a traumatic blow . Once the pulp is infected, it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma such as a fracture can require a root canal treatment. Symptoms of pulp infections may be:
• Sensitivity to hot or cold
• Sensitivity to sweets
• Pain, especially when biting
• Swelling
• Bad taste in the mouth

A root canal procedure includes cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals, and filling the canal space with a rubber like substance (gutta percha) to prevent further infection. Sometimes a crown is recommended to restore the tooth shape, look, and to strengthen the tooth structure.

Dr. McInturff has been trained in traditional hand instrumentation techniques as well as the latest Wave One and ProTaper rotary endodontic techniques.