Root Canal Therapy
Several decades ago, a tooth in which infection had spread to the pulp, was often removed. Today, thanks to root canal therapy, Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has a way to save your permanent teeth.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
The term “root canal therapy” comes from cleaning out the canals of the tooth root. It is a treatment employed to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth instead of extracting it.
The tooth pulp is a soft tissue that contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. It lies inside the tooth chamber and extends from the crown to the tip of the tooth root embedded in the jaw bone. When a tooth becomes cracked, or a deep cavity appears in its surface, infection can get inside the tooth and into the pulp. When the pulp is diseased or damaged, it cannot heal itself. Left untreated, pus starts to build up in the root tip forming an abscess. This abscess or tooth pocket can damage the bone structure around the tooth. As a result, your tooth may have to be removed.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
Many people fear that root canal therapy will be painful. This was, in fact, quite true in the past. These days, however, thanks to modern anesthesia and advancement in surgical techniques, a root canal is just as comfortable as getting a filling.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
Root canal therapy essentially consists of four main steps that are completed during two visits. Before starting the treatment, Dr. Emerson Rowley, DMD will take x-rays of your mouth to examine the condition of the tooth.
How Root Canal Therapy Aftercare
Good oral hygiene at home is essential after root canal therapy. You will also need to schedule another visit with us so that we can x-ray your tooth and ensure all the infection is gone. Additionally, it is also important to keep your biannual dental checkup appointments. With proper care, a tooth treated with root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.
If you suspect your tooth is infected, call us at (503) 878-7474 to get an appointment today.