Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment that may be needed if your tooth is severely infected or damaged. When tooth decay or injury reach past the enamel and deep into the tooth, the dental pulp (the soft, innermost tooth layer) and tooth nerves may become infected and damaged. Infection in the tooth pulp and nerves can result in a significant amount of pain, including the following symptoms:

  •  Severe tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  •  Intense tooth pain, especially when chewing and biting
  •  A discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  •  Tenderness and swelling in the nearby gums
  •  A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

To alleviate these symptoms and restore the health of your smile, our experienced dentist may recommend a root canal in Keizer, Oregon. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected tooth nerves and dental pulp, then filling the tooth with a special medicated material. Once the infected tissues are removed, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel will seal the tooth with a dental crown or filling to restore the tooth’s structure and appearance. Root canal therapy can typically be completed in just one or two comfortable visits to Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more and to schedule your visit to our office.

If tooth damage or decay is not treated, it can lead to an infection in the dental pulp and tooth nerves. To restore your oral health, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel may prescribe root canal therapy.

A small opening is made in the tooth.

An endodontic file is used to clean and shape the canals of the tooth.

The opening in the tooth is sealed with a filling material called gutta percha

A post is then inserted in the tooth to provide support and maintain the shape of the tooth.

A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth in order to seal it and restore its original structure and appearance.