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Rethinking Root Canals In Oregon City

Welcome to the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog! We are happy that you dropped by. Hopefully you will find all the educational information you are looking for, right here in these pages. You might be surprised by all that we can do to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great. Even when things have gone awry, we can help pick up the pieces and reboot your oral health.

Are you currently…

…upset about the situation in your mouth?

…ready to restore the health of your smile?

…afraid of having a root canal?

…looking for a gentle dentist who can get you back on the good road?

Then we can help! We understand how daunting it can be to confront the reality of your health care needs. But we promise to go easy on you, if you’ll just give us a chance. We make restorative dentistry as pleasant and and painless as possible. And that goes for root canals too!

The R Word

It is amazing how people perceive root canals. Even if you don’t normally experience dental anxiety, the mere thought of having a root canal is enough to generate some real fear and apprehension. Everyone seems to think that it is a worse case scenario procedure. But, trust us, it can always be worse than that.

Today we’d like to clarify just what root canals can do for you, and also explain how we deal with them here at Oregon City Family Dentistry.

Let’s get something straight: root canals are always performed for solid reasons. In actuality, our Oregon City Family Dentistry team saves countless numbers of teeth every year with our root canal treatments. They are a good thing for you, if you are in a situation that requires this sort of action.

And with us, at least, you will be in good hands, as they say. You can bet your bottom dollar that we have the specialized knowledge and skills to provide you with safe and pretty much pain-free root canals right here in our office.

Our only disclaimer is that in very rare, extreme cases, we have been known to refer patients to a root canal specialist.

What Are The Reasons For Root Canals?

Let’s put it all in perspective, shall we?

When would you find yourself in need of a root canal treatment from Oregon City Family Dentistry?

Here’s the deal: your teeth are made up of multiple tissues. And despite the fact that the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, it, also, can wear and tear when exposed to harmful acids and plaque. This is why your preventive efforts at home are so crucial.

Anyway, the primary role of enamel is to protect the dentin and the dental pulp, which contains the blood vessels and nerves. If the dental pulp of your tooth ever becomes infected or inflamed, you will have some real trouble to work through. And that’s when it is time to think about having a root canal treatment to set things straight.

Honestly, it is all too common for deep cavities to lead to root canals. That said, 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. All of us are vulnerable to the sort of accidents that could lead to the need for a root canal.

Also, you need to remember that whenever an infection has manifested in the inner tooth, it’s going to be very important for you to seek immediate care, because the infection can easily spread to nearby teeth. That, obviously, won’t be a good situation for you.

Some patients report extreme dental pain when they have an infection or abscess, but it’s entirely possible that you could have a serious problem in your dental pulp without any pain or discomfort whatsoever. Which is why it is so important to keep up with scheduling regular checkups. The way to best remove this kind of infection and restore function to your mouth is with, you guessed it, a root canal.

Root Canals Can Save Your Smile

You still may not like the idea of it. But by having a root canal performed on an infected tooth, you’ll be saving the tooth from that infection, and stopping that infection from spreading to nearby teeth. Seriously, that is so much better than having to lose the tooth and worry about finding dental implants or some other artificial solution.

The other thing to consider is that, at Oregon City Family Dentistry, we use the most current dental technology in order to provide our patients with root canals that are easy enough to endure. After the procedure, we will place a temporary crown and later restore the tooth with a beautiful porcelain crown that will last a lifetime with proper care.

If you are still anxious, don’t worry! 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. And you might forget why you were ever afraid of root canals in the first place!

Restore Your Health Today!

We hope that you have been inspired by today’s blog post to restore the health of your smile! To find out more about how root canals can help, call us today at 503-917-0523 or contact us online.



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