Root Canal Therapy – Portland, OR
Pain Relief for Infected Teeth
A tooth that has been badly infected will not heal on its own; to prevent tooth loss, the infection will need to be removed via a root canal in Portland. Many patients are wary of root canals, but with modern techniques and Dr. Teasdale’s expertise, the process will produce no more discomfort than a standard filling. You will, in fact, experience relief from the pain that the infection has been causing you. If you’re suffering from a toothache, call Advanced Dental Arts NW today.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Root Canal Therapy?
- Sedation Available
- Friendly, Gentle, and Caring Dental Team
- Save and Preserve Your Natural Teeth
Why Root Canals are Performed
If the enamel protecting your tooth becomes compromised, the pulp underneath could be attacked and infected by the bacteria that lives in your mouth. Since the pulp contains the tooth’s nerves, the infection can cause a lot of pain. Over time, the damage could become severe enough that the tooth needs to be extracted. With root canal therapy, Dr. Teasdale can remove the pulp along with the harmful bacteria and any other damaged tissue in order to protect the tooth over the long term.
Signs a Root Canal is Needed
A severe toothache that occurs whenever you chew or apply pressure to your tooth is one of the most common symptoms of a tooth infection. Other signs include temperature sensitivity (prolonged pain when exposed to something hot or cold), darkening of the tooth, swelling and tenderness in nearby gums, or a pimple-like growth. In some cases, you might not experience any symptoms; in those cases, signs of the infection may be detected during a regular dental checkup.
How the Root Canal Procedure Works
Dr. Teasdale will take an X-ray to examine the shape of the root canals (the area inside the tooth where the pulp is held) and determine whether the infection has reached the surrounding bone. A rubber dam is placed around the tooth to protect it from saliva during the treatment. Once an appropriate form of sedation has been applied, an access hole is created in the tooth, allowing Dr. Teasdale to remove the pulp and any debris related to the infection. Root canal files will then be used to scrape and scrub the walls of the root canals.
Once the cleaning is complete, we’ll reseal the tooth. The final step is the placement of a crown, as the tooth is likely to be weakened and will need to be protected from further damage or a future infection.
Benefits of a Root Canal
- Stop Your Pain: Despite their reputation, root canals are actually performed to stop pain.
- Protect Your Teeth: Thanks to root canal therapy, the infection will not spread to neighboring teeth.
- Maintain a Beautiful Smile: The crown used to protect your tooth afterwards can be made from a dazzling tooth-colored ceramic.
- Quick Recovery: Any pain associated with the procedure will fade after just a few days.