Are you experiencing severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or biting down? Has your tooth become abnormally sensitive to hot and cold temperatures? If you have noticed these symptoms, you may suffer from an infected tooth. The inner tissues of the tooth, called the dental pulp, may become infected if decay or damage reaches past the outer enamel layer. Damage to the dental pulp often causes severe tooth pain, and it can also cause the surrounding gums to become swollen and tender. Without proper treatment, an infected tooth may die and require extraction. To prevent this and to avoid the spread of infection to other parts of your mouth, our dentists may recommend endodontic treatment. The most common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Wilkinson, Dr. Mistry, and Dr. Jardine will carefully remove the diseased and damaged tissues from the tooth. After thoroughly disinfecting the tooth, we fill it with a medicated material and cap the tooth with a restoration like a dental crown to protect it. This also restores the tooth to optimal structure and strength. In most cases, our dentists are able to complete a root canal in Camas, Washington, in just one or two visits to our office. For more information and to set up your next visit to Smiles Dental, we invite you to call us today!