Root Canal Treatment in Portland

Woman with Tooth Pain | Root Canal 97202Often the first sign that you need a root canal is tooth pain. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our office immediately. We treat dental emergencies quickly and comfortably.

At Roots Dental, we believe that dentistry can be a pain-free experience for our patients. Root canal treatment is one of those dental procedures that people often unfairly associate with pain.

Root canals are actually one of the ways that we can save your tooth, and we provide comfortable root canal treatment here in our Portland dental office.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

In addition to pain, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Jaw or facial pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • A small lesion on the gums

It’s important to realize that symptoms will not likely resolve on their own and could get worse without treatment. We can determine if you need a root canal when you schedule an appointment with either Dr. Jacqueline Gambee or Dr. Leif Gambee. A few simple tests and an x-ray will provide us the information we need to restore your health.

How Root Canal Treatment Works

Woman | Root Canals PortlandThe goal of a root canal is to eliminate infection from your tooth. The infection causes inflammation, which is often the source of your pain. Since the infection inside your tooth's canals is close to the nerve, cleaning out your tooth and sealing it is essential.

Without treatment, you will likely require an extraction, which is not usually ideal.

We will reinforce your tooth after your root canal treatment because your tooth will be more brittle and could crack or split without the proper restoration. We usually recommend a dental crown because it will cover your entire tooth and protect it while you chew.

Are You Nervous about Dental Treatment?

If you have some anxiety when it comes to the dentist, you are not alone. Many of our patients feel the same way you do. We offer various levels of sedation to ensure that you feel completely relaxed for your dental appointment. 

At Roots Dental, we offer:

  • Nitrous oxide (mild sedation)
  • Oral sedation (medium sedation)
  • IV sedation (our strongest form of sedation)

Because we completely numb your tooth, your root canal will not feel painful during treatment. Most patients experience immediate relief because it relieves the symptoms associated with infection. You may feel a little sensitive for a few days as your body heals, but you will feel much better within a few days.

Do You Have Tooth Pain?

Don’t wait! Contact us right away. Our ability to save your tooth depends on seeking treatment in a timely fashion. We are here to help.

If you suspect you need a root canal, call us at (503) 878-8702. We will help you feel better fast.