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Eugene, OR 97405-2989
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Root Canal Procedure Eugene OR

Diagram of tooth showing tooth rootHaving good oral health is great for your overall well-being.

While we might wish to have good health all the time, that is not always the case. There are many causes of oral health problems, some of which require root canal procedures to fix.

A root canal procedure is necessary if your tooth root is infected with severe infection.

Our experts at Higbee Family Dentistry will perform a high-quality root canal procedure that will help restore your oral health.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an oral procedure that removes infected soft tissue or pulp from within the roots of an infected tooth.

This procedure takes place in the root canal of the tooth, hence its name. The dental pulp, located at the heart of your tooth, is largely involved in this surgery.

The dental pulp comprises connective blood vessels, nerves, tissues, and cells. You will feel extreme pain when the dental pulp sustains an infection due to pressure and sharp sensitivity.

Chewing and biting will become difficult and almost impossible. Our experts will help fix the situation by performing a root canal procedure.

How Do You Know if You Need a Root Canal?

Like any other oral condition, root canals have unique symptoms that will show you need a root canal procedure.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you must come in for treatment as soon as possible.
•  Persistent Pain - Infection in your tooth pulp causes persistent pain. You will experience pain deep in your tooth and have difficulties using it to chew food. You might also feel significant pain in your jaw, face, or surrounding teeth. While most of the pain caused by root canal infection remains persistent, it might go away from time to time.
•  Tooth Discoloration - You will also know you need a root canal procedure if you get tooth discoloration. An infection in your tooth pulp makes the tooth become discolored. Aggressive trauma in the internal tissues of your tooth can make the tooth look grayish-black. This is a sign that you need a root canal.
•  Tooth Sensitivity - If you experience sharp pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold, it could be a sign that the nerves and vessels in your tooth pulp are damaged. In that case, you will need a root canal procedure to fix the situation as soon as possible.
•  Swollen Gums - You might develop swollen gums around the area of the infected tooth. Any signs of swollen gums mean you need a root canal. Even though the swelling may come and go by itself, it clearly signals that you need treatment. The affected gums might be tender or painful to the touch.

How is a Root Canal Procedure Done?

We perform the root canal procedure in several steps. Before getting started, we will take a dental x-ray of the infected tooth to see the extent of the damage. An x-ray also helps us decide whether a root canal procedure is the right treatment option.

Then, after applying local anesthesia, we will make an opening in the crown of the infected tooth.

Our team uses extremely small instruments to clean the pulp from the root canals and pulp chamber. During the cleaning, we also shape the space for filling.

After successfully cleaning and shaping the infected tooth, we will fill the root canal with a biocompatible material (in most cases, we use a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha).

We use adhesive cement to place the gutta-percha and completely seal the root canal. We also place a temporary filling to seal the opening on your tooth crown.

Our team will carefully remove the temporary filling before we restore the tooth. This process is done with extremely high precision to ensure accuracy.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

It takes one to two appointments to complete a root canal procedure, depending on the level of damage to your teeth.

It takes us 30 minutes to an hour to complete a root canal procedure. If the procedure is being performed on a tooth with several roots, the time increases to around one and a half hours.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Contrary to what most people believe, root canal procedures are not painful. This is because we use a local anesthetic that keeps the area numb.

With the source of your pain being removed, you will feel immediate relief right after the procedure. This means that you don't have to worry about great discomfort during a root canal procedure.

Any discomfort after the procedure can also be managed.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?

A root canal procedure takes less than a week to recover from.

During the first few days, you might experience mild discomfort that you can manage with medication.
If the discomfort or pain doesn't go away after a week, contact us immediately.

How to Avoid a Root Canal

You can easily avoid root canal infections by adhering to various practices.

For instance, you should maintain high standards of oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. You should also avoid sticky foods that might damage your teeth.

Our team recommends avoiding acidic and sugary foods to maintain good oral health.

Can You Drive After Root Canal Treatment?

You can drive after a root canal treatment.

However, avoid driving if you have blurry vision after the procedure. This could be risky and increases the chances of collisions.

Can You Eat After a Root Canal?

You can enjoy a meal after a root canal procedure. You can eat around 30 to 50 minutes after a root canal procedure. This time is enough to allow the temporary filling to harden fully.

For the best results, you should wait a few more minutes to allow the anesthetic to wear off. This prevents you from biting your tongue.

Can You Smoke After a Root Canal?

Smoking is strongly prohibited after a root canal procedure. Smoking can significantly delay the recovery process and increase the chances of bleeding.

This habit also tampers with the wound and could trigger severe toothaches.

Schedule a Root Canal Appointment Today!

If you have an infection in your tooth root, you will need a root canal procedure. Our experts at Higbee Family Dentistry are ready to help you attain good oral health by performing an advanced root canal procedure.

We take advantage of new technology to make the process as smooth as possible. Call us today at (541) 342-1187 to schedule an appointment.

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