Root Canals Specialist

Strauss Dental

Comprehensive Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Oregon City, OR

Severely decayed or infected teeth can become loose and even fall out. At Strauss Dental in Oregon City, Oregon, Julie Stauss, DMD, and her experienced family dentistry team offer root canals to repair damaged teeth, prevent tooth loss, relieve pain, and restore your smile. Call Strauss Dental at the first sign of a toothache or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals

What are root canals?

A root canal is a dental procedure in which your dentist repairs a badly damaged tooth to save it from loosening or falling out. The team cleans the inside of your tooth removing the pulp and fill it with a special material to get rid of bacteria and prevent further decay.

Will I require a root canal?

If you have severe tooth decay or an infection, you may require a root canal. Signs you might need one include:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Swelling around your neck or face
  • Hole in your tooth
  • Tooth tenderness
  • Toothache
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Gum swelling

If you have a deep cavity, bacteria can get inside your tooth’s pulp — inside of the tooth that’s rich in blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. In the case of severe tooth decay, extraction may be required. 

To determine if a root canal is right for you, the Strauss Dental team reviews your medical and dental history, examines your tooth, and takes dental X-rays.

What happens during a root canal?

During the procedure, your dentist numbs the treatment area. They place a rubber sheet in your mouth to keep the tooth protected and clean. Your provider eliminates decay by creating a tiny opening to remove diseased or infected pulp material. 

They clean and flush the pulp chamber, may apply medicine to it, and fill it with special materials that strengthen and protect the tooth. You may require antibiotics, too. 

Your dentist covers the treated tooth with a temporary crown. Digital scans of your mouth are taken to create a new custom crown that fits over the top of the restored tooth to prevent future damage. The new crown looks and feels like a natural tooth.

How should I care for a root canal?

Your restored tooth might feel a little sensitive for a few days after a root canal. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed to reduce any discomfort. Care for your tooth the same way you do with your other natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss every day. 

Attend professional dental cleanings and exams every six months. Your restored tooth can last a lifetime when cared for properly. 

Don’t let tooth pain go untreated when it could lead to serious tooth damage or even tooth loss. Call Strauss Dental at the first sign of a toothache or use the online booking tool today.