Root canal therapy is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures done today. More than 15 million tooth-saving root canals are done each year. At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, regularly perform root canals to restore infected tooth roots. The prospect of having a root canal can be scary to some, but it doesn’t have to be. The procedure is virtually painless and simple with the steady hands of Dr. Dontsova and Dr. Khlevnoy. Call the office or set up a consultation online today and find out more.
A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that alleviates the pain caused by damage to your tooth’s root. Typically, you need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the roots of a tooth, specifically the fleshy pulp inside the chamber.
Root canal treatment is the process of removing the damaged pulp inside the tooth. It also involves cleaning the area and restoring the affected tooth’s health and function. Without a root canal, infection or inflammation can progress and lead to severe decay or even tooth loss.
A root canal is a fairly simple procedure. First, Dr. Dontsova, or Dr. Khlevnoy, administers a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. They also place a rubber sheet placed strategically around the tooth to keep the area clean and dry.
Then, using a small dental drill, they create a hole in the top of your tooth to access the pulp inside. With special dental instruments, they carefully remove the damaged pulp and any infected material lingering inside. They then clean the inner chamber of your tooth with water and disinfectant material.
The last step involves filling in the canal with a rubber-like material and sealing the top of your tooth.
After a root canal, Dr. Dontsova or Dr. Khlevnoy will likely recommend getting a dental crown to provide extra protection for the affected tooth. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth right after the procedure.
Within a week or two of the procedure, you’ll come back to the office for a follow-up visit to have a permanent crown placed. During this visit, Dr. Dontsova or Dr. Khlevnoy also evaluate your affected tooth to rule out any remaining signs of infection.
This is a common misconception. Not only are root canals not really painful, but their sole purpose is also to relieve your pain. At PDX Smile Design, Dr. Dontsova and Dr. Khlevnoy use light sedation during root canal treatment, making the procedure very comfortable and hassle-free. After a root canal procedure, the pain and sensitivity you felt before treatment on your infected pulp will disappear.
If you have questions or concerns about a root canal, call the office or book a consultation online today.