If you have a dull, unbearable pain in your tooth, or your tooth feels excessively sensitive to hot and cold foods, it may be infected or damaged. This condition can be addressed with root canal therapy.
At Complete Dental Health LLC, in Albany, Oregon, our experienced dentists can perform root canal treatments to save the impaired tooth to prevent the spread of infection and avoid an extraction. After the treatment, we will place a restoration over the treated tooth to reinstate its original appearance and strength.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal procedures are one of the most standard dental therapies. It is performed on teeth that have been severely compromised, allowing bacteria to access the soft core of the tooth called the pulp where the nerve endings are situated. The root canal procedure involves the removal of the pulp and replacing it with a medicated material. The tooth will be renovated to its original appearance using restorative appliances like crowns. After treatment, the tooth will still be healthy and functional, only less sensitive to temperature than earlier as the nerve has been removed.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
The dental pulp can become infected when the dentine layers and the tooth's outer enamel get damaged, exposing the soft interior. This usually happens due to cavities, cracks, fractures, or injuries. At times the damage can be too minor to be visible to the naked eye. The symptoms of a root canal infection may include the following:
- Swollen or tender gums
- A severe toothache
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
- A darkened or discolored tooth
- An abscess or noticeable signs of infection
The Root Canal Procedure
If you decide to have a root canal treatment, our dentist will examine the infected tooth using X-rays to create the most effective treatment plan. The treatment is straightforward and performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
We will drill into your tooth during the procedure to access the infected pulp, which will then be carefully removed. The tooth's core will be disinfected and meticulously cleaned to remove debris and bacteria. Next, we will place medicaments called gutta-percha inside to further reduce the bacterial load and seal it with a temporary filling.
During the next stage of root canal therapy, we will seal your tooth using a filling or a temporary crown to restore its original appearance. We recommend placing a permanent crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.
To learn more about our root canal treatments, visit our office, Complete Dental Health, at 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite A, Albany, OR 97322. You can also reach us at (541) 928-6622.