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Root Canals


Diagram of tooth showing tooth root at Roane Family Dental.Roane Family Dental performs safe and effective root canals for our patients who require them. A root canal is a common dental procedure which involves the removal of infected areas of the pulp of the tooth, a deep and hard-to-reach area. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels which can cause significant problems when infected. When we perform a root canal, remove the pulp then seal the tooth.

A root canal can save severely damaged teeth and prevent further damage. In the modern area, a root canal procedure is ideal in many cases because it preserves the natural tooth instead of requiring extraction, which is ideal for the function of the teeth for eating, appearance, and for keeping the natural bite of the teeth. Preserving the natural tooth is also usually more cost-effective than an extraction followed by an implant.

Why Might I Need a Root Canal?


Nerve tissue or pulp can become damaged due to disease or injury. When its integrity is compromised, bacteria and other pathogens begin to grow into the area. Because the nerves provide sensations, this can be especially painful and debilitating. Damage to this area of the tooth can result in an abscess. This is a collection of pus that extends all the way into the roots of the tooth. Swelling and bone loss are potential risks of a damaged pulp. Because the pulp is only necessary for the developing stage of the teeth, it may be removed without impairing the function of a tooth that is already fully developed.

Ill-fitting dental implants, extensive decay, cracked teeth, and facial trauma can all contribute to the need for a root canal. When you visit our clinic, our dentists will examine your mouth using the latest technology to determine if you require a root canal. If a root canal is suspected to be necessary, an x-ray can confirm this.

How is a Root Canal Performed?


Our specialists, called endodontists, have special training to repair issues with the roots and pulps of teeth. The initial step is to place a rubber sheet in the areas around the tooth to prevent saliva and other debris from interrupting the treatment. Keeping the tooth clean is crucial for preventing infection and other complications. Then a special dental tool called a root canal file is used to gently remove the pulp from the inside of the tooth through scraping.

Depending on your circumstances, our endodontist may elect to wait up to a week to make sure the area is totally clean before he or she seals the tooth off. Medication applied to the inside of the tooth may be necessary for some instances. Most people can return to school or work immediately following a root canal. The numbness will only last a few hours, and you should quickly regain full function of your teeth.

To schedule an appointment to determine if a root canal is right for your situation, contact Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464. We will work with your insurer regarding coverage. Most dental plans include root canals as approved procedures.

I adore Dr. Roane and his staff.

"I have been a patient here for 10 years, since he started this practice. He has fixed my chipped front teeth twice, most recently this week. He is truly an artist and such a nice guy! My teeth look natural and healthy again. As always, the procedure was painless, quick, and professional. The office is clean, the front office is efficient, and everyone is friendly.

Dr. Roane even opened the clinic on New Year's Day a few years ago to treat my daughter's dry socket after she had her wisdom teeth pulled. I will always be grateful for that, and will remain a loyal patient here even though I moved to Tigard 2 years ago."
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