Root Canals

Root Canal procedures are performed when a tooth is infected or has abscessed. Since the tooth cannot repair itself, a root canal procedure is recommended. Otherwise, the only other option is to remove the infected tooth. During a root canal, the inflamed pulp of the tooth is removed, the inside surfaces of the tooth are cleaned and disinfected and then a filling is placed to seal the tooth.

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Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You will be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time. A crown is usually recommended after a root canal to protect the tooth from future damage and to further seal the tooth.

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages, such as increased chewing efficiency, normal biting force and sensation, natural appearance and it protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain.

While many general dentists perform root canal procedures, they often only perform them for teeth near the front of the mouth. When a root canal is needed on teeth near the back of the mouth, or for more complicated root canal procedures, an endodontist may be suggested. This typically happens because anterior teeth usually have one root, while posterior teeth can have up to four roots. Dr. Starr and his team are trained to perform even the most complicated root canal procedures and have been delivering root canals to patients for many years. With the use of modern technology and sedation dentistry, our patients are comfortable throughout their entire procedure.

Signs A Patient May Need A Root Canal Procedure:

  • Tooth pain that won’t go away
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swollen gums
  • Swollen jaw
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain when pressure is applied to a tooth
  • Chipped or cracked tooth

Are You Suffering From One Of The Symptoms Above?
Call 7th Street Dental At (541) 447-7000!

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