Root Canal Treatment
As an experienced dentist in NE Portland, Dr. Travis Agee understands that idea of a root canal is enough to send many patients running for Mt. Hood. However, advances in dental care have made receiving a root canal a nearly painless, and anxiety-free experience.
There are three primary reasons why you may need to get a root canal:
- To stop any toothache.
- To prevent the bacteria (and pain) from spreading into the jaw.
- To keep your natural tooth instead of extracting it in favor of an implant, bridge, denture, or open space.
Dr. Agee wants you to understand that not seeking treatment can lead to more serious oral health problems. The root canal is a channel that runs from the root of a tooth in the bone toward the pulp chamber located in the top of the tooth. It contains nerves, blood vessels, and complex cells that make up the living tissue inside the tooth. When the tissue in the pulp chamber gets infected with bacteria, it causes the tissue to die and an infection begins.
A little crack or the first stages of decay is all your tooth needs to let bacteria in and work its way toward the pulp. Dr. Agee will inform you that with the pulp tissue inflamed, it becomes more difficult for the blood flow to reach the tissue, so the accumulated pressure is what causes the most noticeable pain inside your tooth.
Luckily, as your premiere dentist in NE Portland, Dr. Agee has a high level of expertise coupled with the most advanced endodontic technology. He has received many hours of specialized training to perform more efficient and painless root canal treatments.