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Criscione Family Dentistry | Root Canals in Lake Oswego



Root Canals


We perform root canals on most front and premolar teeth. We utilize a specialist(endodontist) for molar root canals and for more difficult cases.

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then create an access into the canal. The infected tissue is removed and the canals are cleaned. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a material called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

Root canal has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made the procedure easier for patients. Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter medications are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.


Periodontal Treatment

Patients with a history of periodontal therapy will continue on a more frequent cleaning schedule. Typically, a 3 or 4 month schedule will be recommended for maintenance.

Periodontal disease is diagnosed according a periodontal exam and x-rays. If periodontal therapy is recommended, you will be scheduled with a dental hygienist for a series of deeper cleanings.

Lake Oswego Dentist | Root Canals. Michael Criscione is a Lake Oswego Dentist.