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Root Canal Therapy

A Scary Sounding Word That's Actually Not So Scary!

For many, there’s nothing more frightening than hearing the words “root canal”. What many people don’t realize is that a root canal can actually get you out of pain and save your tooth. Usually, the root canal procedure is completely pain free and there’s minimal discomfort afterwards.

No, but seriously... a root canal?

When you have a tooth that hurts, often times it could be because there’s something wrong with the nerve inside the tooth. In these situations, cleaning out the damaged nerves and disinfecting the tooth will take away the pain and save the tooth. A tooth can also cause pain when a deep cavity has reached the nerve. If this happens the bacteria travels from the cavity irritating the nerves inside of the tooth causing pain and discomfort. The only way to save the tooth is by removing the infected nerve tissue and replacing it with medication. That’s all a root canal really does.

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Did you know…

A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold.

Root Canal Procedure

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or a tooth with a very deep cavity, unfriendly bacteria can make its way into the pulp inside your tooth. If you don’t see a dentist in Portland, you could be asking for an infection. An abscess could form causing swelling and pain. Not seeing your dentist immediately could cause serious problems to your overall health, and it’s not just the loss of the tooth that you should be concerned about. According to Dr. Ben, serious complications can occur if you do not treat an abscessed tooth.

During your first treatment, you will be given a local anesthetic and fitted with a rubber dam to keep the tooth dry during the root canal therapy procedure.

After the tooth is secure, a hole will be put into the tooth to allow for nerve, tissue, and blood vessel removal. Once the infected pulp is removed, the interior, or roots of your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed before filling the tooth with a composite filling. If extensive decay is present in the tooth, Dr. Ben may suggest a dental crown to protect the remaining structure of the tooth.

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