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Toothaches emanating from within a tooth or deep within the gums should never be taken lightly. In most cases, this is often a warning sign of a much more serious oral health problem. To this end, your dentist, Dr. Meredith McClay , always recommends that patients seek timely care and treatment to prevent even more serious complications from occurring.

If the pain is directly related to untreated tooth decay that has afflicted the root, Dr. Meredith McClay might recommend a root canal in Medford, Oregon.

This involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer and extracting any decayed or infected materials from within the tooth. The core of the tooth will then be reconstructed with a special dental material known as gutta percha.

This creates a post-like structure called an abutment, which will eventually anchor a dental crown. The material Dr. Meredith McClay recommends for the crown will be based on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Most crowns are made from either porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys.

The crown will be prepared at an off-site dental lab. When it’s ready, we will call you in for a brief follow-up appointment to cement it into place. This should fully restore the badly decayed tooth for many years to come.

If you have a toothache that you suspect is related to untreated decay, you should not delay in calling 541-210-9661 to schedule an appointment at Creekside Family Dental.