No treatment in dentistry is as feared or misunderstood as root canals. Just hearing those two words is enough to make people’s blood pressure rise. Our Oregon City dental office saves countless teeth every year with root canal treatments, and we’re firm believers that root canal treatments don’t have to be the scary procedures they are made out to be.
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we have the skills to provide you safe and virtually pain-free root canals right here in our office for most cases. On occasion, a situation may be more advanced that what we are comfortable handling in our office, so we would refer you to an endodontist to make sure you get the best care and experience possible.
Our teeth are made up of multiple tissues. Although the enamel of our teeth is the hardest substance in our bodies, it can wear and tear when subjected to harmful acids and plaque. The enamel protects the dentin and the dental pulp, which contains the blood vessels and nerves. When the dental pulp of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it’s time to consider having a root canal.
It’s common for deep cavities to lead to root canals, but 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. Many patients experience extreme dental pain when they have an infection or abscess, but it’s possible to have a serious problem in your dental pulp without pain or discomfort.
The best way to remove the infection and restore function is with a root canal.
Completing Your Root Canal
We understand there is a huge stigma against root canals. But consider this: a root canal saves your tooth. There are no two ways about it. By having a root canal performed on an infected tooth, you’re ridding the tooth of infection, stopping the infection from spreading to nearby teeth, and saving your tooth.
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we use the latest equipment to give patients successful root canals. 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. In fact, we regularly have patients under oral conscious sedation fall asleep in the dental chair.
The length of the treatment depends on the number of canals in the tooth. Front teeth typically only have one canal, while our molars can have two or more. Root canals are extremely successful. Millions of Americans receive root canal treatment every year, and the treatment has a 97 percent long-term success rate.
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