Dr. Kimberly wright doing root canals treatment

Honestly, root canals get a really bad rap! But they shouldn’t—a root canal actually relieves the pain caused by an infected tooth. More specifically, it helps a tooth with a nerve that is inflamed due to a deep cavity/filling or crack. This inflamed nerve may be extremely sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, causing extreme pain. Also, a root canal helps a tooth with a dead nerve. All inflamed nerves eventually die, possibly causing an abscess. With a dead nerve, your tooth can’t feel hot or cold, but is very tender to touching or chewing. It also tends to throb spontaneously at night.

If a root canal can save the tooth, it is the best option. A fixed or removable bridge or implant is a more expensive alternative to replace a tooth.

What to expect after a root canal

After having a root canal, you can expect approximately two to four days of mild to moderate sensitivity to biting pressure. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen should take care of any discomfort. If it doesn’t, notify Dr. Wright, as she may need to treat a different issue. You shouldn’t experience any additional swelling. If you do, contact Dr. Wright.

Root Canal
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

Dr. Kimberly Wright

Dr. Kimberly Wright

Dr. Kimberly Wright graduated from the University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. She is a lifelong learner, taking over 100 hours of continuing education annually. Dr. Wright earned the prestigious Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is a past MasterTrack Director for Oregon’s AGD, for which she had also served as past president. She was the past trustee for the Oregon Dental Association too. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists.