Root Canal Therapy
Root canals, sometimes referred to as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that is commonly performed by Dr. Young. This procedure is frequently said with a shudder, but the truth is that it actually relieves pain, not causes it. The pain comes from the infection inside your tooth, and Dr. Young will get rid of the infection and try to save a tooth that without treatment would be lost. Your teeth can become infected for a variety of reasons, what has happened is that somehow, bacteria has found a way into the pulp of your tooth. This could happen from previous large fillings, cracks, fractures, crowns, trauma, and most frequently, a cavity that has extended to the inside of a tooth. Once the pulp has become infected, it can not heal by itself.
Reasons for root canals include:
We use root canals as the treatment of choice in saving a tooth. Saving a tooth is the better decision in the long run, both economically, and aesthetically. Extracted teeth may prove to be much more costly in the end. Missing teeth can cause significant problems to the adjacent teeth as well as causing loss of bone around the extraction site.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, we can save it and relieve the pain. Dr. Young will first remove the pulp, the nerves and disinfecting from any bacteria or decay. He will then fill the now empty space with a medicated rubber material. In most cases, a dental crown will be needed, the strength of the tooth has been compromised. With the tooth encased in a dental crown, your tooth can now resume normal function.
Our Salem, OR office is available to answer your questions on Root Canals and saving a tooth from extraction. Call us today at: 503-363-0292
Trent Young, DDS
Dr. Trent Young
fax: (503) 363-2966
1257 Wallace Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304-3007