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Root Canal – Bend, OR

Keep Your Natural Smile with Root Canal Therapy

Dentist and dentistry team member talking to patientPain is not pleasant. However, it is often relaying a message to you that there is a problem somewhere in your body. If a toothache happens to be causing that pain, then the message may be that you have an infection. In this case, root canal in Bend may be the appropriate solution. Dr. Prentice performs this common dental treatment in order to remove the infection, preserve the tooth and reconstruct your smile.

Illustration of infected tooth

How Does Tooth Infection Happen?

As with any infection throughout the body, this one starts with bacteria. Normally, oral bacteria cannot access the pulp chamber and root canals deep inside a tooth. However, if there is untreated decay, a penetrating crack or a fracture, then bacteria can enter these normally well-protected areas.

Smiling man

How Can I Tell if I Need a Root Canal?

Unfortunately, the most common sign indicating that root canal therapy in Bend is required is pain. As the bacterial infection inside your tooth progresses, the resulting inflammation typically causes terrible pain.

You should reach out to our dental team if you notice toothache pain or the following signs that a root canal may be needed:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • A fever
  • A small sore on your gums that is near the painful tooth
  • Discomfort with normal chewing and biting

In rare cases, the infection is not painful. However, Dr. Prentice would be able to spot the problem on an X-ray, which is yet another reason to schedule regular dental checkups every six months.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

After the dentist anesthetizes the tooth and surrounding tissue, he accesses the pulp chamber and root canals through a small hole. Using special dental files, the infection and any accompanying debris are removed. Then, the space is disinfected and filled with an inert material that balloons to fill the chamber and root canals. This supports the remaining tooth structure and prevents recontamination. Lastly, your gentle dentist in Bend seals the tooth and prepares it for a protective porcelain crown.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

After root canal therapy, you may be given a prescription for an antibiotic. Take all of this medication to ensure that the infection is completely eradicated.

For a few days after your procedure, the tooth may be sensitive. Try chewing on the other side of your mouth. For discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen should do the trick.

A couple of weeks after root canal, you’ll return to our dental office to have a dental crown placed over the tooth. This crown protects the remaining tooth structure and gives you the ability to chew and bite normally.