What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is used to treat an infection in the nerve tissue of the tooth. This soft tissue is called the pulp, and when it is damaged, it can result in tooth loss unless it is quickly removed.

Some patients think of root canal therapy as an especially painful dental treatment. With modern advancements and practiced hands, your procedure should not be any more painful than any other standard dental procedure. In reality, root canal therapy relieves immense amounts of pain.

When an infection or inflammation arises in the pulp, an intense toothache is usually the result. When a damaged pulp goes untreated, the infection can lead to an abscess and even tooth loss.

If the pulp is infected, you have two options: Treat the tooth with a root canal, or extract the entire tooth. Most patients choose to save their natural tooth. We think you will be pleased with your root canal experience and results!

Th Root Canal Procedure

There’s no need for concern, because root canal therapy is one of the most routine procedures that our dentists perform. They know how to make the procedure comfortable, quick, and successful for all of their patients.

We can establish your comfort with a local anesthetic to numb the area before your procedure. We also offer conscious sedation options to make your procedure completely anxiety-free. For many patients, the procedure is much more comfortable after the local anesthetic takes effect.

Your dentist will make a small opening in the surface of the affected tooth. He will use tiny instruments to remove the pulp from the chamber and to clean out the root canals. Finally, he will fill the area with a rubbery material and seal it with a tooth-colored filling.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Some of the signs of a damaged pulp include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain or pressure when chewing
  • Swelling and sensitivity in the gums
  • Sharp pain when biting down on food
  • Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods
  • Pimple-like bumps near the gums

When you stay on top of your regular check-ups and cleanings, you have nothing to worry about. You are in great hands at Troutdale Dental. To schedule your appointment, call today!