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Root Canals Are Pain-Free And Easy In Oregon City

Welcome back to another January edition of the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog!

Around here, we are serious about keeping your mouth healthy and your smile looking great. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a sense of humor. We’ll prove it. What does the dentist of the year get? A little plaque! And what was the dentist doing in Panama? Looking for the root canal! OK, so these aren’t great jokes, and there is nothing funny about root canals, really. But there isn’t anything horrific about root canals either. This procedure is one of the staples of restorative dentistry, and it helps get millions of Americans get back on track, each year.

The Most Misunderstood Dental Treatment

The purpose of today’s post is to get folks to lighten up when it comes to root canals. We hope to accomplish this by providing a good explanation of what root canals can do for you, and the way in which we handle them here.

It is no exaggeration to say that no treatment in the wide world of dentistry is as feared or misunderstood as root canals. Those two words are enough to awaken a dormant case of dental anxiety.

But you can rest assured that root canals are always performed for good reasons. In fact, our Oregon City Family Dentistry team saves untold numbers of teeth every year with root canal treatments. As such, we know a thing or two about the procedure, and we are big believers in the notion that root canal treatments don’t have to follow the menacing myth that has grown up around them.

You can trust that we have sufficient knowledge and skill to provide you safe and virtually pain-free root canals right here in our office, in most cases. In rare extremes, we do refer patients to a specialist.

Reasons For Root Canal Treatments

Why would you ever need a root canal?

Here’s how it works: your teeth are made up of multiple tissues. And even though the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, it, too, can wear and tear when subjected to harmful acids and plaque.

The principle job of enamel is to protect the dentin and the dental pulp, which contains the blood vessels and nerves. When the dental pulp of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, you will have problems. That’s when it is time to consider having a root canal.

Truth be told, it is rather common for deep cavities to lead to root canals. Still, it’s also possible that dental pulp can become inflamed due to trauma. Even if a tooth has had no tooth decay, trauma can irritate the dental pulp, causing it to inflame.

When an infection is present in the inner tooth, it’s important to seek immediate care because the infection can spread to nearby teeth. That won’t be good for you. Many patients report extreme dental pain when they have an infection or abscess, but it’s entirely conceivable that you could have a serious problem in your dental pulp without any pain or discomfort whatsoever.

In any event, the best way to remove the infection and restore function is with a root canal from Oregon City Family Dentistry.

Root Canals Work Save Teeth At Oregon City Family Dentistry

It is no secret that there is a huge stigma against root canals. But, consider this: a root canal saves your tooth! That’s the bottom line! By having a root canal performed on an infected tooth, you’re rescuing the tooth from infection, and stopping that infection from spreading to nearby teeth. Trust us, that is much better than losing the tooth and having to worry about dental implants, etc.

Here at Oregon City Family Dentistry, we use the latest dental technology to provide patients with successful root canals that are relatively easy to endure. Following the procedure, we place a temporary crown and later restore the tooth with a beautiful porcelain crown.

We can complete root canals on any tooth in the mouth, and we provide comfortable sedation options for patients with dental fear or anxiety. Using oral conscious sedation, you don’t have to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the procedure. As it happens, we regularly have patients under oral conscious sedation fall asleep in the dental chair. Talk about putting your fears to rest!

How long does it last? Great question. It depends!

It won’t be a drawn-out ordeal but the length of the treatment is dependent on the number of canals in the tooth. For example, front teeth typically only have one canal, while our molars can have two or more.

The important thing is that these things work. We are not trying to hoodwink you into something awful. The truth is that, overall, root canals are an extremely successful restorative treatment. And they really are NOT THAT BAD!

If you suspect that you might need such a procedure, we’d like to invite you in for a consultation. We’ll be happy to provide you with more details, and hopefully put you at ease about the possibilities.

Learn More, Get Started!

Your oral health is too important to put off any longer!

To find out more about how root canals can save your smile, call us today at 503-917-0523 or fill out the online form. We can’t wait to see you!

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