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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal in Portland

Timber Dental’s endodontistry team has advanced training in a full range of endodontic services, including root canals. Please call our Downtown Portland Office (503) 922-2207 to discuss your root canal treatment.

The Timber Dental Advantage


Our front desk team can help you get scheduled or you can use our online scheduling to find a time that fits your schedule.


You'll have access to the same amenities, comforts, and the same friendly-faces you're used to seeing at your neighborhood Timber Dental office.


Root Canals at Timber Dental can be covered by your dental insurance and using an in-network provider can result in significant savings vs. an out-of-network provider.

Post-Op Support

We'll keep in touch and provide a detailed plan after your procedure to make sure you stay on track for a timely and healthy recovery.

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Root Canal Treatment

We are dedicated to providing you with advanced and thorough care, using the latest in dental technology and the highest quality products.

Root Canals & Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can save a tooth that has become severely infected or decayed. When diagnosis indicates the need for a root canal treatment, our first priority is our patients’ peace of mind. If you have an abscess or a large cavity that has spread to the nerve, a root canal can save your smile and prevent you from having a tooth pulled.

What is a root canal and how could it help?

Root canal is a treatment sequence for the infected pulp of a tooth. A root canal is intended to result in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.

Root Canal FAQs

What happens during a root canal?

Your root canal may take one or more visits. Our dentist will take these general steps:

  1. Your tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic and a cover is applied to keep your tooth dry.
  2. The dentist makes an opening through the crown of the tooth. Tiny, precise instruments remove the pulp from the pulp chamber and each root canal is cleaned, sculpted, and disinfected so that it can be filled.
  3. The treated root canals are filled, sealed and a temporary filling is placed to prevent infection.
  4. The temporary filling is removed and the tooth is restored functionally and cosmetically with a crown or a permanent filling.
  5. Follow any instructions from our clinical team and attend all of your follow-up appointments.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If an infection gets worse or spreads to another part of the body, it can cause severe pain and if it gets bad enough, an infection can potentially be life threatening. If a tooth is infected, a root canal or extraction is recommended to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.

Is a root canal a dental emergency?

Yes. If you have tooth pain or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, you may have a tooth infection, which is a dental emergency. It can really cause a lot of pain or discomfort! You could have trouble eating or sleeping with tooth pain.

How do we diagnose a root canal?

Our clinical team will conduct an exam and x-ray the tooth that may need a root canal.

Is it uncomfortable? Can it be painful?

Most patients have very little discomfort or mild pain after a root canal, talk to our team about your pain management options.

Do you use anesthetics?

Yes we use a local anesthetic.

Can I get a root canal same day?

Yes! At Timber Dental, we have dentists with advanced training in endodontic treatment on our team who are able to perform a complete root canal from start to finish in a single day. 

How long does it take to recover?

It only takes a few days to recover from a root canal. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used if you experience mild pain or discomfort after treatment. 

What can I expect after?

You may experience some sensitivity, swelling, or discomfort for a few days. We usually recommend a follow-up appointment to check up on the treatment.

How much does it cost?

Cost varies based on how complex the root canal will be – which tooth, the level of infection. Most dental insurance includes coverage for root canal therapy or endodontic treatment. 

Are there any alternative options?

Tooth extraction is another option to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.  

Our Team

Our team of experienced dentists and staff are committed to making your experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. From the moment you walk in the door, we’ll work with you to create a customized treatment plan, with a variety of payment options, personalized to your unique needs.

Our Technology

At Timber Dental, we use the latest technology and CBCT scanning for accurate, efficient results.

Meet Our Root Canal Team

Dr. Steve Morales

Dr. Morales has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Dr. Morales has been published and has advanced training in both Cosmetic and Full Mouth Reconstruction. He also served as a clinical instructor from 2011 through 2013. In 2013, he began his evolution into advanced endodontic practice using the latest technology and a dental operating microscope.

He and his wife, Dr. Silvia Jimenez, who is also a dentist, raised their three boys in NE Portland. Dr. Morales enjoys all sports and he's an avid golfer. Recently, he began his quest to become a sommelier. Dr. Morales enjoys collaborating with other providers to help plan for the most successful clinical outcomes.

Dr. Dar Afshar

Dr. Dar was raised in Salem, OR. He attended University of Oregon before going to Midwestern for dental school. He has been practicing for 7 years with an expanded skillset in Endodontics. In his free time he enjoys generally being active and watching Duck Football with friends and family.

Our Locations

NE Portland

(503) 765-7455
3500 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212


(503) 683-8658
15715 NW Central Dr. #7
Portland, OR 97229

East Burnside

(503) 462-1562
1200 SE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Downtown Portland

(503) 207-5631
310 SW 4th Street, #100
Portland, OR 97202


(503) 822-0108
21332 SW Langer Farms Pkwy, Suite #126
Sherwood, OR 97140

N. Portland

(503) 272-8877
1440 N Lombard St., #E
Portland, OR 97217

Get A $99 Root Canal Consultation Today!

Schedule a consultation today and learn more about how we can help with your tooth pain. $99 fee for CBCT Scan necessary for consultation.

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