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, Dr. Nathan G. Dustin 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
To perform a root canal, our dentist will first take a dental X-ray of your tooth roots so [heshe] can examine their shape and check for any signs of infection in the nearby bone. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp, bacteria, and debris are removed. Our dentist will 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.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Columbia River Dentistry today.