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Dr Dennis Holly at West RIver Dental in Bend OregonDr Dennis Holly at West RIver Dental in Bend Oregon

Hi there, I am Chuck. You may see me at the dentist office here in Bend Oregon. Can you guess what kind of dog I am?Hi there, I am Chuck. You may see me at the dentist office here in Bend Oregon. Can you guess what kind of dog I am?

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Vigorous brushing does more harm than good. Overzealous brushing can lead to eroded enamel which never grows back.
Root Canal

ROOT CANAL

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the nerve tissue. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected, and can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own.

Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.