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Tigard Family Dental, located at 11820 SW King James Pl Suite 20, Tigard, OR 97224-2481, has permanently closed. Former patients can get their records or have them transferred to Dr. Williams office, Premier Dental and Implants. Please call (503) 968-2901 for more information on receiving/transferring your records.

Root Canal Therapy
Tigard, OR

Diagram of tooth showing a tooth root in need of root canal therapy from Tigard Family Dental in Tigard, ORAt Tigard Family Dental, our goal is to help you maintain a beautiful and functional smile. Although sometimes it is inevitable, we try to avoid tooth extractions. To save your tooth from an extraction, we may recommend root canal treatment. A root canal is a common procedure where we remove an infection that has settled deep within the tooth. Contrary to popular opinion, today’s root canals involve little or no pain, thanks to advancements in modern dentistry.

Infected or Damaged Dental Pulp

The pulp is soft tissue within the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected, serious pain may arise. The most common causes of infection are untreated tooth decay and severe structural damage to the tooth. If the damaged pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root will soon become infected. Even if there is no pain, the infection-causing bacteria can significantly damage the underlying bone. Without proper treatment, your tooth may need to be removed.

Root Canal Procedure

During a routine appointment, Dr. Travis Cochell will check to make sure that a root canal treatment is necessary. Once we have set a treatment plan, we can schedule the procedure.

Using a needle, Dr. Travis Cochell will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. You may feel a slight pinch, but that is about it. Once the area is properly numb, we will place a dental dam, or small rubber sheet, to keep the tooth clean and dry during the procedure.

Then, using very small tools, Dr. Travis Cochell will access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening in the bite plane (top portion). Dr. Travis Cochell will then clear away the damaged and diseased pulp, and reshape the inner chamber. Next, we will flush out the chamber with an antimicrobial solution, and wash away any remaining pulp. This will kill any lingering bacteria and reduce your risk of future infection.

Once the pulp chamber has been properly emptied, cleaned, and dried, we will fill it using a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Filling the chamber will prevent future infection, and strengthen the structure of the hollow tooth. After the gutta percha is in place, Dr. Travis Cochell will close the opening in the tooth with a temporary filling.

After a few weeks, Dr. Travis Cochell can finish treatment and place a permanent crown or some other type of restoration. Your tooth may not be capable of supporting a strong bite force on its own, which is why a crown may be necessary.

After the Root Canal Procedure

It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums after a root canal. You may also need to schedule an additional appointment, so we can check on the treated tooth to make sure all signs of the infection are gone. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with an ADA approved toothpaste. We also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to eliminate bacteria and flush away food debris. With the proper care and attention, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or would like to schedule a checkup, call (971) 762-1262 today!

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11820 SW King James Pl Suite 20
Tigard, OR 97224-2481

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