Root canal treatments offer Dr. Williams and Dr. Truszkowski the opportunity to save a tooth badly damaged by decay or infection.
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Root canal therapy includes the removal of the damaged interior of a the tooth, before the tooth is permanently sealed.
The most common conditions that require a root canal include a cracked tooth, damage to the pulp of a tooth, a deep cavity or repeat damage occurring to the root of a tooth.
While root canals carry the reputation as causing significant discomfort, with the advances made in dentistry, treatment today causes very little discomfort and is similar to having a filling placed.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
Root canal therapy typically includes the following steps:
- Our dentist in Beaverton, Oregon will examine X-rays of the tooth to determine the best course of treatment.
- If a root canal is needed, our dentists will begin by removing the diseased or damaged pulp from the center of the tooth.
- Once the interior of the tooth has been cleaned and sterilized, the tooth will be filled and capped with a dental crown.
Root canal therapy offers an excellent option for saving a tooth damaged by disease or decay. Without the treatment, damaged teeth will likely fail and need to be replaced with a dental implant in the future.