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Root Canal Annapolis, MD

Root CanalAn Overview

Most patients cringe when their dentist mentions a root canal as a treatment for a damaged or infected tooth. But in reality, the root canal has become one of modern dentistry’s more important treatments, as we have learned the long-term value of preserving the natural teeth whenever possible. Root canal therapy is one of the dental services that Annapolis Smiles provides to the public.

A tooth, unlike most of the rest of the body, has a limited ability to deal with an 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 restorative treatment for this condition is called root canal therapy.

Dr. Finlay 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 made the root canal procedure less painful and more efficient. Keeping the natural teeth helps retain bone in the jaw as well as a balanced bite, both of which can be affected if a tooth is lost.

Advances in dental technology and treatment techniques have dramatically improved the root canal procedure. Today’s patients can receive anesthesia to reduce discomfort, but overall the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling. Often, patients feel relief afterward from the pain they were experiencing from the infection inside the tooth!

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 that we perform in the comforts of our Annapolis dentist office. A root canal is generally no more painful than a dental filling.

Most patients are relieved of their tooth pain once the root canal procedure is in progress as the infected tissue is removed. The infection of the canal is what causes tooth pain, not the root canal procedure.

A topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the treated area and minimize any discomfort. We will prepare the tooth and create a small hole in the back to access the inside where the diseased pulp is. The diseased pulp is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected. Once this is complete, the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible material, known as “gutta-percha”, to stabilize and seal the tooth.

In most cases, a dental crown will be placed on the tooth to restore its integrity and strengthen it. Custom-fit and color-matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long-term health of your tooth.

If you have a damaged tooth, tooth pain, or have noticed discoloration in a tooth, come in for a visit to see if a root canal can restore your dental health. 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.

Root Canal FAQs

Is the root canal process painful?

No. Painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past. Modern dental services use local anesthesia and other methods to provide pain-free root canals in a clean and comfortable environment. The procedure is quick, and your tooth pain will go away almost immediately.

Do I really need a dental crown after a root canal?

Yes. Getting a dental crown after a root canal is a part of the process, and highly recommended. Your tooth will be more susceptible to sensitivity, infections, and new cavities without a crown to support your tooth structure. It is only in rare cases that you might not need a crown after a root canal.

Should I have my tooth extracted or get a root canal?

Your dentist will always recommend saving as many of your natural teeth as possible. Although, there are situations where that may not be possible. That is when a tooth extraction can be recommended. The best way to find out which procedure is best for your unique situation, visit the dentist for a thorough dental exam.