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Root Canal Annapolis, MD

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.

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. Dr. Lim 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.