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What is Root Canal Therapy?

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Why might I need to get a root canal in Klamath Falls?

While no one wants to think about it, there are certain situations that may arise that can affect your oral health and lead you to need a root canalroot canal. Our Klamath Falls dentist, Dr. Kathryn Nicholson, is here to make your treatment as easy and painless as possible. Plus, a root canal is designed to preserve your tooth so that you don’t have to worry about a tooth extraction in the future. Find out why you may need a root canal.

Below the enamel and dentin layers of a tooth is soft tissue known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. While the pulp is helpful while the root of the tooth is still developing, once it is fully developed, the tooth doesn’t actually need the pulp anymore. And if the pulp has become inflamed or infected then our Klamath Falls general dentist will recommend getting a root canal to remove the damaged tissue.

A dental pulp may become damaged by decay, infection or direct trauma to the tooth. Those with a damaged pulp will often experience pain and sensitivity. At the first sign of dental pain you will want to come into our office for a checkup.

Contrary to what you may have heard about root canal treatment, this procedure is simple, effective and will often prevent a tooth extraction in the future. A damaged tooth is weak and can make it difficult to bite or chew properly, but a root canal will not only preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible but it will also eliminate pain (which is a major relief to our patients dealing with awful toothaches).

During a root canal, we will apply local anesthesia and then drill the outer layers of the tooth until we reach the inside. From there, we will use special tools to remove the pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Once we have thoroughly disinfected the tooth we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth. We will also seal up the roots of the tooth to prevent another infection from occurring. Most of the time, a dental filling or a dental crown is placed over the tooth after a root canal to provide additional strength and protection to the tooth.

Do you have questions about root canal therapy? Are you dealing with dental pain? If so, then entrust your dental care to the experts at Nicholson Dental in Klamath Falls, OR. Call our office today!

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