Every patient who walks through our doors has an underlying fear of the dental procedures they’ve seen dramatized by Hollywood. Since childhood cartoons, the dental office has been portrayed as a frightening place where dentists enjoy torturing patients with frightening procedures like the root canal.
While these scenes in your favorite television shows and movies are often funny, the unfortunate truth is that many patients end up feeling afraid of procedures that are not really frightening! Even more concerning is when a patient refuses or avoids a necessary procedure, like the root canal, out of fear.
Hollywood’s Portrayal of a Root Canal
If you were to believe Hollywood’s portrayal of a root canal, you would believe this procedure is the most excruciating thing a dentist could ever do to a patient. Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be very comfortable if you just walked in and a dentist did it. However, there are other factors Hollywood doesn’t include, such as numbing and sedation. They also don’t do a very good job of showing the pain you’re likely feeling when you need a root canal.
When a Root Canal is Necessary
A root canal is used to remove an infection from the inside of your tooth. This happens when a cavity goes untreated, a filling forms a leak, a crack is unnoticed or you have some sort of injury to your tooth. Bacteria finds its way deep into your tooth to the dental pulp. Once there, the bacteria will create an infection, causing severe pain.
Patients describe days of not being able to lie down. They say the pressure is excruciating. Patients miss work, school, and daily life because of the infection. If allowed to continue, the infection will eventually end your tooth’s viability. The tooth will fall out or have to be removed.
An Oregon City Root Canal Procedure
Rather than risk losing your tooth, we suggest completing the root canal procedure in a timely fashion. You will come into the office and be offered dental sedation. If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you will take it before you come in.
This will help you relax before your procedure begins. Once you are feeling relaxed in our comfortable chairs, we will numb the entire area in and around your tooth.
A root canal is similar to having a cavity filled. We remove the infected area (the dental pulp), clean it, and fill the area with a medicated filling material. Your root canal procedure will be completed with a natural-looking crown placed over your repaired tooth.
Don’t Let Fear Cost You a Tooth
Many people who are in need of a root canal in Oregon City stay away from the office out of fear. Root canals at Pioneer Dental Group are comfortable, fear-free, and effective. You will walk out of our office with a healthier smile and your natural tooth intact!