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Root Canal Therapy
Today the goal of your dentist is to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, rather than remove them when decayed or diseased as in years past. When a tooth has decay deep inside, often it can be saved with a procedure called root canal therapy. A root canal involves removing the pulp of the tooth. This is the area that contains soft tissue, some blood vessels and even some nerves. When the pulp becomes damaged, it can cause the tooth to become filled with bacteria and die. If this is not taken care of right away, it will eventually cause an abscess, which could become very painful and require the tooth to be removed.

How Is A Root Canal Done?

The procedure is done in your dental office and requires local anesthetic. Once the area is numbed and freed from saliva, the pulp is removed through a hole created in the crown (chewing surface) of the tooth. Once the pulp is out, the root of the tooth is cleaned and fixed. If there is a risk of bacterial infection, antibiotic treatment might be applied directly to the root. Once the root is cleaned, a filling is placed in the tooth.

The follow up visit after a root canal generally involves the placement of a crown over the tooth, to strengthen the structure of the tooth. Once you have a root canal performed, it is very important to take good care of the tooth to ensure a long, healthy life for it.
Keeping Halloween Safe
On Halloween it is truer than ever that to be safe you must be seen. Children have their attention focused on their costumes, candy and dashing around in the dark.

Here are a few reminders for parents:

•  Keep face paint away from the eyes or skip it altogether – paints can cause a rash and they are not regulated by the FDA
•  Go only to houses with a light on
•  Choose light colors or add reflective tape
•  Don't provide masks – they can reduce the field of vision causing a child to trip or not see approaching traffic

Understanding Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17-21. Since these are the last of the adult teeth that you will form, it is common for your mouth to be too crowded or for the wisdom teeth themselves to be in an odd position that makes it difficult for them to erupt. In these cases, it might be necessary to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Other situations that require extraction include any type of disease or infection, pain, disease in the gums and chronic pain. It is important to talk to your dentist today about your wisdom teeth and whether they need extraction.

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3120 Pacific Place SW, Albany, OR 97321



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