By Erickson Dental Care
December 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   root canal  

Tooth pain is often the most obvious sign that something is amiss within your mouth. This sometimes alarming and painful symptom oftentooth decay requires the help of a root canal to ease the pain and repair the problem within the tooth. Learn more about how root canal therapy and sedation dentistry can help end your tooth pain with Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal removes the infection from a heavily decayed tooth. The procedure consists of your dentist making a small access hole in the crown of the tooth then using tiny instruments to remove the tooth’s pulp tissue and nerves. Your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth free of infected tissues and ensures no decay is left behind. After cleaning the tooth, your dentist fills it using an inert biocompatible material such as gutta percha, and caps the tooth with a dental crown to prevent future damage.

How does a root canal end my tooth pain? 
To understand how a root canal works, it is best to understand how decay works. Decay begins on the outside of the tooth and begins eating its way through the enamel. Layer by layer, the decay eats through the tooth until it reaches its inner pulp chamber and causes a toothache. At this point, a root canal becomes necessary to remove the infected tissues and the tooth’s nerve. Removing the nerve takes away the tooth’s ability to feel pain, ending your toothache and preventing future pain while removing the decay.

Root Canal Therapy in Grants Pass, OR
Through the use of local anesthetic techniques and sedation dentistry, the dentists at Erickson Dental Care are able to perform this procedure without the pain that people once associated with root canals. A root canal normally takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to complete depending on the complexity required of the procedure. Your dentist will use a physical examination and x-rays to determine if a root canal is necessary in the case of your tooth.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson and Dr. Rachel Erickson at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR. Call (541) 476-3419 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!