Root Canal Therapy – Frederick, MD
Nothing to Fear Anymore
If you come to see us with a hurting tooth and we recommend root canal therapy, know that this isn’t bad news! Root canal therapy is a safe procedure that is able to relieve the most severe dental pain while also saving extremely damaged teeth from extraction. Thanks to our dental team’s use of the latest technology and techniques, we can guarantee you’ll be thankful you got a root canal afterward!
Why Choose My Frederick Dentist for Root Canal Therapy?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
- Patient Comfort is Priority #1
- Kind, Friendly, & Highly Skilled Team
Why You Might Need a Root Canal
At the center of every tooth is a small amount of soft tissue called the dental pulp that contains the tooth's nerve. If bacteria reach and infect the pulp (whether due to a cavity or crack in the enamel), the result is usually a very bad toothache. Root canal therapy enables our team to remove this pulp, clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth, and stop a patient’s pain right away.
How a Root Canal Works
First, we’ll take an X-ray of your tooth so that we can check the shape of your root canals and make sure the infection hasn’t spread to the surrounding bone. After applying local anesthesia and placing a rubber dam around your tooth (to keep it free of saliva while we’re working on it), we’ll create a hole in your enamel. This lets us remove the infected pulp and other tissues.
We’ll make sure that the inside of your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned before sealing it again. Most of the time, you’ll need a crown to protect the now-weakened tooth structure.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Fortunately, despite what you might have seen in movies and on TV, root canal therapy is now a virtually painless procedure that can help a compromised tooth look and function like normal for many years to come. The area around the tooth will be numbed, and you might receive other forms of sedation to help keep you calm and comfortable. Of course, like with any surgery, you’re likely to experience some discomfort during the recovery phase. However, the pain at this stage can easily be controlled with painkillers; you might need a prescription in some cases, but medication bought over the counter can sometimes work as well.
Benefits of a Root Canal Procedure
In many cases, root canal therapy is the best way to save a tooth that’s been infected. While you could have it extracted instead, we will always recommend keeping all your natural teeth. A missing tooth could cause the rest of your pearly whites to shift out of place, altering your bite and putting you at a higher risk for cavities. Also, saving a tooth means you won’t have to pay for dental implants or another kind of restoration to replace it. In short, root canal therapy protects your oral health and might even save you money in the long run.