If you’ve been told that you need a root canal, don’t be alarmed. It is actually one of the most common dental procedures performed. Symptoms of the infection requiring root canal treatment can include sensitivity to temperatures, spontaneous throbbing pain, chewing pain, or swelling of surrounding gum tissue. For most patients, pain relief after root canal treatment is immense.

A root canal can be used to save a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected. The nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed during the root canal procedure, followed by cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to the tooth’s function, so the nerve’s absence will not affect day-to-day function. The final step in a root canal often involves further restoration of the tooth, such as placing a permanent crown.

For more information on root canal treatments, which are performed by our general dentists and specialists at all six of our offices, contact one of our Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA dental offices.