Root CanalAn Overview
Most patients cringe when their dentist mentions a root canal as 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.
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 restorative treatment for this condition is called root canal therapy.
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Lim 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 afterwards 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.