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Root Canal Salem OR


Man smiling about his successful root canal procedure by his dentist at Oak Park Dental in Salem, OR

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an effective dental procedure that helps to restore and save your tooth from extensive dental decay. Unlike the early days where people believed that a root canal procedure was invasive, these days there are tools that help the procedure get completed with minimal invasion. With a root canal procedure, it is no longer required for you to visit a dental clinic for multiple sittings and you can get it done all in one visit.

If you want to learn more about the modern techniques of root canals and how you can benefit from this therapy visit Oak Park Dental and we will help you get more information.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Prevents Infections From Spreading To Neighboring Teeth

Although a root canal has major benefits, one of the best reasons for using this therapy is that it helps to get rid of all the infection right from the root and it ensures that the bacteria is completely removed. This ensures that any infection will not spread from one tooth to the other and while you have the procedure done on one particular tooth, there is no reason for you to worry about any of your other teeth. The sooner you get the procedure done the better it is because the infection starts to spread. This could create major complications and make it take a longer time to heal. Root canal therapy not only helps to clean the tooth, but it also helps to ensure that there is no pain or sensitivity once the procedure is complete. This means that you will be able to restore complete functionality once you have your implant or bridge constructed.

Appealing to Look At

When a root canal procedure is complete and fitted either with a crown or implant, it looks just like it is a natural tooth. There is still a little tooth remaining and that is used as support in order to construct the crown or the bridge and this ensures that not only do you look confident when you smile but you can also restore complete functionality of that tooth.

Saves Teeth

A root canal procedure helps to save your tooth and ensures that the tooth is not lost from the root. Once completed, we can fit you with a temporary crown, until your mouth has some time to recover. Once you have recovered, we can remove the temporary crown and then place a permanent crown.

Prevents Jaw Deterioration

A root canal procedure that is conducted on time can help to save the roots of the teeth and this ensures that your jaw does not have to go through deterioration. When a tooth needs to be taken out right from the root there is always a risk of deterioration and this is something that can only be prevented with the help of dental implants.

Symptoms a Root Canal May Be Needed

When the interior of your tooth is infected, this can lead to an abscess, or a fluid-filled sac. When the bacteria spill out of the tooth's root and into the jaw, the abscess forms a protective barrier, attempting to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading. Abscesses are one of the most common signs that a root canal is required. Other symptoms include:

•  Facial swelling
•  Swelling in the neck
•  Bone loss in the jaw
•  Pain that lingers, even after you are finished eating
•  Sensitivity that lingers, even after the trigger is no longer present

In some cases, you might experience no symptoms at all. However, no symptoms do not mean you don't need treatment. If we notice an infection during a routine visit, you will require treatment.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

Making a trip to our office allows our dentist to examine the root and all the affected areas. Our dentist will clean your mouth, including the teeth and gums, and administer anesthesia. The specialist will make a hole to access the dental pulp and remove the damaged tissue as well as the root if it is affected too. A root is a part of a tooth that provides sensations for cold and hot substances. Additionally, it aids with the growth of teeth. After a tooth is fully developed, doing away with the root does not bring any direct harm to the rest of the teeth. Moreover, extracting the root prevents an infection such as gum disease from spreading. Therefore, if our team finds it indispensable to take away the root together with the pulp, we certainly do it in order to safeguard other parts of that tooth, the gums, as well as the jawbone.

The dentist cleans the pulp area to remove the infection. The dental professional will go on to shape the canal before filling the hole. Our dentist will administer an antibiotic that helps fight an infection that could have remained untreated. It will take about 30 to 60 minutes to have the root canal treatment, but again, the time length of the treatment may depend on the level of damage and the work required.

If a tooth is badly damaged, then a root canal may not be an option. Therefore, you may need a tooth extraction.

Is the Process Painful?

We usually perform root canal procedures at our offices to manage pain that is caused by infection or inflammation of the pulp. You shouldn't worry about feeling pain during and after the procedure since we use anesthetics and modern equipment which reduce the possibility of feeling pain.

Talk to us about your tooth sensitivity, gum swelling, and tooth pain and we will determine if a root canal is appropriate for you. Visit us at Oak Park Dental or give us a call at (971) 600-0211 for an appointment.
Serving Salem Keizer Community since 1987

We provide dental services for the entire family from children to older adults. Our entire team of caring Doctors, hygienists and support staff pride ourselves on a high level of patient care.

Using the latest in modern dental technology our services range from sealants to complex implant surgery. Our goal is a comfortable experience for our patients with beautiful results.


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