Root Canal Therapy – Ashland, OR
Toothache Relief & Flawless, Healthy Smiles
Unfortunately, root canals have a bad reputation for being painful. Luckily for our Ashland, OR dental patients, the reputation of root canal therapy is far from accurate. Actually, these procedures almost immediately relieve discomfort, and they can help us to save a tooth that would have otherwise been extracted. At Premier Care Dental, we do all that we can to help our patients keep their whole, healthy smiles. If you’re experiencing severe toothache pain or dental sensitivity, call our team right away. The sooner we get to work repairing your smile, the better. We have dental office locations in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls, so wherever you call home, there’s a Premier Care Dental location near you.
What is a Root Canal?
The root canals are literally the small interior canals that begin in the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp. The tooth’s nerves run out to the gums and the rest of the body through the pulp and the root canal. As a procedure, root canal therapy refers to an advanced dentistry treatment used to repair tooth decay and dental damage that reaches the root canals. The pain associated with these procedures is actually related to irritation of the tooth’s nerve structure, which runs through the root canals.
How Will I Know I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for certain that you need a root canal is to visit our dental office for an assessment. However, the vast majority of patients who need a root canal come to us as emergencies due to the pain that often precedes this treatment. For this reason, it’s important that patients understand some of the common warning signs that a root canal is necessary, including:
- Severe, throbbing toothache
- Sharp pain when biting down
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark coloration near the gums
- Infected gum tissue or sores around the damaged tooth
What Should I Expect During Root Canal Treatment?
Depending on the severity of the situation, your root canal treatment may be completed over several appointments. We’ll begin by drilling a small access hole into the pulp tissue. Then, we use dental files to remove the damaged pulp and nerve structure. In some cases, we’ll apply antibiotics directly to the treated tooth to decontaminate the structure and prevent further decay. Once the tooth is free from decay or damage, we refill it with a biocompatible substance, called gutta percha. Then, we reseal the access hole. Typically, a custom dental crown is placed to strengthen and protect the root canal treated tooth.
How Do I Care for My Smile After a Root Canal?
Following the root canal procedure, you will likely feel much better. Most people report an immediate relief from the pain and dental sensitivity that preceded the procedure. You can go back to brushing and flossing teeth and consuming all your favorite foods right away. Pay attention to any changes in your bite, lingering discomfort, or other causes for concern, and let our team know right away.