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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

IN WASHINGTON & OREGON

Do you experience severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down? Has your tooth become very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? If so, the dental pulp in the center of the tooth may be infected or injured. In these cases, our team may recommend root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) to restore the health of the tooth and alleviate your painful symptoms. We will make certain that your root canal is as comfortable as possible. Please feel free to contact the nearest Smiles Dental office today to learn more!

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Known commonly as a root canal, root canal therapy type of endodontic therapy is typically recommended if there is nerve damage or infection beyond the crown of a tooth. Endodontics refers to specialized treatments that affect the pulp (inside of the tooth) and the root tissue. This type of damage can occur if the tooth injury or tooth decay goes beyond the outer enamel layer of the tooth. When untreated, the infection can cause your tooth to die and then require the tooth to be extracted. A root canal can restore the health of the tooth by removing the infected/injured tissues in the tooth before the damage takes over it entirely and cannot be repaired. Once the unhealthy tissue is removed, we will clean the tooth, and then fill it with a medicated material. Once the material is placed, the tooth will then be capped and the restoration (like a dental crown) will be shaped to bring your tooth back to its original shape. Often, a root canal can be done in one to two office visits.

Gentle, Stress-Free Root Canals

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. Our dentist, along with our entire dental team, works hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. We offer root canal therapy at all of our Washington and Oregon locations. We welcome you to contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our team is committed to restoring your smile’s health!

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Why Should I Get a Root Canal?

girl holding her jaw with tooth pain may need root canal therapy

If you experience severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down, or if you have a tooth that is very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, you might be a candidate for a root canal. Technically known as “root canal therapy,” its purpose is to relieve pain and keep your healthy teeth from needing to be removed.

When You Might Need Root Canal Therapy

Small dental cavities can be simply drilled and filled. But sometimes the cavity is too large to hold a filling, and a dental crown is required to restore the tooth. Depending on the extent of the decay, root canal therapy might also be required to provide a sufficient foundation to hold the crown. In such cases, the dental pulp in the center of the tooth may also be infected or injured. If left untreated, the tooth will die and must be extracted.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

Each tooth is comprised of a crown and a root. In a regular dental filling procedure, only the decayed part of the crown is drilled out. With root canal therapy, however, the drilling goes beyond the crown and into the root, removing all the tissue inside the root, including the nerve. The hollow root is then cleaned and filled with a medicated material, and the remaining tooth is prepared and fitted with a dental crown, returning the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, the whole process can be completed in one or two visits.

Don’t Fear Root Canal Therapy!

Most people cringe when they hear the term “root canal.” But thanks to modern tools, techniques, and anesthesia, it’s as pain-free as getting a regular filling. And because the nerve is removed in the process, it will no longer be possible for your tooth to feel pain! So if you’re experiencing serious tooth pain, don’t let the possibility of root canal therapy prevent you from doing something about it. Schedule an appointment at Smiles Dental today so our team can evaluate your particular situation.

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