Root Canal Therapy 101

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Something is amiss in your mouth. Do you have tooth sensitivity or a severe toothache? Perhaps a tooth is discolored, or you have swelling and tenderness in the gums. If you have any of these symptoms, root canal therapy may be needed. Be aware that sometimes no symptoms are present.

Why is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth experiences trauma, deep decay, or multiple procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become infected. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root. Drainage issues can also occur, which can cause a hole in the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. Dr. Michael Hall will remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

We welcome you to contact Smiles Dental today to learn more about how a root canal in Lebanon, Oregon, can help you and to schedule a visit with our dentist.