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Root Canal Annapolis

Root CanalAn Overview

A tooth, unlike most of the rest of the body, has a limited ability to deal with infection or severe damage. The root canal refers to the hollow center of the tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are located. This area, referred to as pulp, can become infected and cause a great deal of pain. The treatment for this condition is called root canal therapy.

Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson will recommend root canal therapy whenever possible to avoid tooth extraction and maintain the integrity of your smile. Although many patients feel anxious at the thought of a root canal, the many advances made in both technique and materials have advanced the root canal procedure making it less painful and more efficient.

To learn more about root canal therapy performed at our Annapolis dentist office call us at 443–276–4094 or request an appointment online.

Root Canal What to Expect

Root canal therapy is a generally painless process with a high degree of success. A topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the treated area and minimize any discomfort.

In our Annapolis dental office, we begin with anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable. Sedation dentistry is also available for patients with a high degree of anxiety about dental treatment.

First, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson will make a tiny hole to access the inside of the tooth. The diseased pulp is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected. The pulp chamber is then filled with a biocompatible material know as “gutta percha” that will stabilize the tooth.

Next, the tooth is sealed. In most situations, a dental crown is placed over the tooth for improved stability and protection.