Root Canal Therapy

It used to be that a tooth with a disease or infected nerve had to be removed. However at Sunrise Dental of North Bend we believe in saving teeth instead of removing them. Many people worry that a root canal will be painful, something that was true in the past. Today, with advanced anesthesia options and surgical techniques, a root canal is as comfortable as getting a filling. At Sunrise Dental of North Bend we specialize in painless root canal therapy.

An infected tooth (pre-root canal), is usually what causes tooth pain, and a root canal is the solution to this problem. Root canals have a high success rate and are significantly less expensive than the alternative, tooth extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.

Endodontic therapy (root canal) is treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the nerve), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and permanently sealing the canals with gutta percha and cement, thus stopping the infection and relieving pain. The common causes affecting the nerve are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. If a damaged nerve is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess (infection) results.

At Sunrise Dental we practice painless root canals. In fact root canals are intended to relive pain, not cause it. With today’s advances in anesthesia and surgical techniques, the discomfort generally experienced during a root canal is no greater than that felt when having a tooth filled. Although the tooth and surrounding area might be sore for a few days, your dentist can prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms and allow you to get back to work almost immediately.

Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and treatment plan. After the root canal is sealed, sometimes a metal or plastic rod (called a post and core) is placed in the canal for structural support. In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.

After the final restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime. Tooth decay can still occur in the treated tooth, so proper homecare and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.

Call us at Sunrise Dental of North Bend to schedule your painless root canal today!!