Root canal therapy is a common procedure performed at our Owings Mills, MD dentist office. This treatment is mistakenly thought to be very painful yet root canal therapy is generally no more painful than a tooth filling.
Patients are actually relieved of their tooth pain once the root canal procedure is in progress and the infected tissue is removed. The infection of the canal is what causes tooth pain, not the root canal procedure.
Overview: Root Canal Therapy
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. Inside the root canal of a tooth is soft tissue called pulp and the tooth’s nerve. If a tooth is cracked or damaged, bacteria or debris can enter this area and cause an infection. Root canal therapy is the procedure that goes into the tooth and removes the infection providing immediate relief.
This infection is known to cause the patient a lot of pain. If you have a severe toothache, sensitivity or pain to extreme hot/cold temperatures, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling/tenderness around the tooth, then you most likely have an infection that needs treated.
In extreme cases, the infection in the tooth can progress into an abscess. An abscessed tooth is very serious and should be treated immediately as the infection can spread to other parts of the body.
If you believe you have an abscessed tooth, contact us at Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry immediately. Our gentle dentists, and the use of advanced technology, ensures that your dental treatments are pain-free.
About the Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, usually requires multiple visits to our Owings Mills, MD dentist office. First, we will take diagnostic x-rays to evaluate the tooth and root canal, looking for signs of infection in surrounding areas. We will discuss the procedure with you and explain what will happen during and after the treatment.
To begin the procedure, you will be given a form of anesthesia to make you more calm and relaxed. We then will drill a small hole into the tooth to access the infected tissue and remove the damaged nerve and any debris inside the tooth.
Removing the infected pulp will relieve any pressure caused by the infected tooth. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and rid of any excess material. It is filled with a biologically-inert substance to prevent further decay.
To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy, we often recommend the placement of a dental crown to help support the structure of your tooth. 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.