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What happens during a root canal?

If Dr. Kang recommends a root canal at our Eugene, OR dental office, it is because you have developed an infected tooth or dental abscess that he needs to treat. Bacteria enter a tooth by way of a deep cavity, a crack or fracture, or a hard knock to the tooth and cause an infection.

Why You Need a Root Canal

A root canal is the only procedure available to remove the infected material from inside the tooth safely. If you are in significant pain, which is common with a root infection, a root canal is the only method we have to relieve it—short of extracting the tooth altogether.

The Root Canal Procedure

During your procedure, our root canal dentist makes a tiny hole in your tooth to access the tooth's pulp chamber. This is the innermost part of the tooth and contains dental pulp that carries blood vessels, tissue, and nerves that keep the tooth alive. 

He carefully and thoroughly removes the infected pulp from your tooth and then disinfects the area. Next, he fills the hollowed-out chamber with a material called gutta-percha, then seals and fills the tooth with a temporary filling.

Your tooth will likely be sore for a few days after your procedure, but that is common and nothing to worry about. Taking over-the-counter pain medications is typically all that our patients need for relief. 

After healing, Dr. Kang may recommend a dental crown or tooth-colored filling for protection, depending on the tooth's location and condition.

Do You Need a Root Canal in Eugene, OR?

If you have a toothache, jaw pain or swelling, or notice a raised bump on your gums, you may have an infected tooth. Call our Eugene, OR dental office to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentist so we can get you the prompt treatment you need.

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