Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of the tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected, Columbia River Dentistry may recommend a root canal in Portland, OR.
Root canal therapy is the process by which our dentist removes the infected dental pulp, cleans the tooth thoroughly, and seals the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Severe toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Swelling or pain in the gums
- A pimple on the gums that will not go away
How is a Root Canal Performed?
To perform a root canal, our dentist will take a dental X-ray of your tooth roots so he can examine their shape and check for any signs of infection in the nearby bone. An access hold is made in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp, bacteria, and debris are removed. Our dentist will then use root canal files to clean your tooth all the way down the roots. The tooth is then sealed with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. The access hole is closed with a dental filling.
How Many Visits are Needed?
The number of visits depend on the number of root canals required, how major the infection is and where the tooth is located. In general, most patients require one to three appointments. Because of the need for crowns, you may require one or two appointments for this aspect.
Your teeth are in great hands when you visit Columbia River Dentistry in Portland, OR. With our dental team’s experience in the field, you can be assured that you will only receive the most professional and effective treatment. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!