When the pulp tissue of a tooth becomes infected by bacteria, then Dr. Lee J. Cowles, DMD will need to heal it by removing the infected inner tissue, a procedure that is sometimes called root canal treatment. Dr. Cowles has performed hundreds of root canals, and he will remove the infected pulp tissue, clean the area, fill it with medicated material, and then restore tooth structure to its ideal beauty and function. Schedule an appointment at Cowles Dental Care if you need a root canal in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the infection to spread into the bone surrounding the root—creating an abscess—and could even necessitate tooth extraction. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. The tooth is then restored with a filling or crown to its ideal chewing and smile form. Dr. Cowles prefers to do most root canals in two treatments which greatly increases a calm, gentle experience for the tooth and patient.

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. Dr. Cowles, who has completed literally hundreds to thousands of root canals, along with our entire dental team, works hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to restoring your smile’s health.