If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us immediately: 503-482-2160.
We always do our best to squeeze in emergency appointments that same day.
Toothaches are often an indicator of an infected tooth and might need a root canal. Yes, the words “root canal” sound scary, but in most cases the procedure doesn’t cause any more discomfort than a typical filling and is the end to all the pain patients had been experiencing from the tooth infection.
While we do everything we can to avoid extracting a tooth, sometimes a tooth can no longer be saved and an extraction is recommended. Dr. Zeller performs most tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth.
- Root Canals
- Wisdom teeth
Most patients need a root canal when a cavity has grown into the nerve of the tooth and the tooth has become infected. The procedure removes the affected tissue then the interior of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite and usually topped with a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage.
Not all wisdom teeth require removal, but since they are the last four of your 32 teeth to grow in, they often cause problems such as damage to nearby teeth, jaw pain, headaches and even decay and infection since it’s hardest to clean back there! Dr. Zeller can help evaluate the status of your wisdom teeth with an exam and panoramic x-ray. If they are not growing in properly or causing any problems, he’ll explain your options for removal and help you decide which one is right for you.