Understanding Root Canal Therapy and How it Works

Root Canal Therapy Sherwood, ORAt New Smiles Dental, our family of dentists treat patients like family as well. We know how uneasy patients can be about having particular dental procedures performed, which is why we educate patients on the process so they know what to expect. Additionally, we provide local anesthetics and sedation so patients are comfortable from start to finish! One procedure many patients have questions about is that of root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

The spaces inside of the tooth are referred to as the root canals. Inside these canals is a mass of tissues referred to as the dental pulp. The dental pulp holds the blood vessels and nerves that keep the tooth alive. When a problem occurs and the dental pulp becomes infected, it can results in a severe toothache for patients. The best way to treat the problem is to deaden the tooth with the removal of the dental pulp. During root canal therapy, the dentist will make a small hole in the tooth that is used for accessing the dental pulp inside. The pulp is removed with specialized instruments, and then the inside canals are disinfected to remove any signs of bacteria. Once this has been done, the dentist will then insert a material known as gutta percha to fill the empty space and keep bacteria from entering back into the tooth. Composite resin bonding is used to seal the top of the tooth, and in some instances, a ceramic dental crown is bonded over to strengthen the tooth and keep it in place.

What alternatives are available?

The only way to treat a tooth with an infection outside of root canal therapy is with permanent extraction of the natural tooth. Our dentists will try to avoid this at all costs and will perform endodontic treatment before considering this as a solution to the problem.

Have you been told that root canal therapy is for you?

Take the time to connect with our team of professionals to find out if you are in need of endodontic treatment. Drs. Nathan Doyel, Ben Aaderud, and Ashley Bennet of New Smiles Dental are here to help. Call (503) 925-9595 to schedule an appointment and learn about this and other restorative procedures available. The practice is conveniently located in Sherwood, OR at 17680 SW Handley Street, Suite #101.

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