If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth or tooth, don’t let fear keep you from getting it treated. Our endodontist in Baltimore MD is a specialist in root canal procedures. His gentle touch and use of advanced technology ensure that your dental treatments are pain-free. Yes, even your root canal.
Can You Save My Tooth?
Yes! A root canal will save the structure of your tooth, and enable you to eat, speak and smile normally. Dr. Patel will determine if a root canal is a right treatment for you after an oral exam of your teeth and gums.
If Dr. Patel determines that your tooth damage is too severe, he may recommend other treatment options. The best and most effective option is to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. A dental implant procedure replaces a damaged or missing tooth with a natural-looking permanent restoration.
Your tooth is made up of several layers. The outer protective enamel, a sensitive layer of dentin, and an inner pulp that contains the components referred to as the “nerve”.
Bacteria-causing germs can easily make their way to the pulp and dentin layers when a tooth is damaged in some way. This damage can be caused by a cavity, crack, or injury that will create a direct path to the delicate inner layers.
This pathway will expose the pulp making it susceptible to an infection from the bacteria. If infection occurs, blood flow to the tooth increases, creating pressure, discomfort, and a problem that needs immediate attention.
Most patients can easily figure out if they suffer from an infection due to the pain it creates. Root canal therapy has a bad reputation because of the pain related to the infection and inflammation.
The only way to get relief from the pain is to have a root canal procedure done. The procedure itself is no more painful than a dental filling. Most patients will feel a sense of relief once the infection and diseased tissue are removed.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are a common procedure, and with today’s advanced anesthetics, are quite comfortable. Once the area around the tooth is numb, we simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically inert substance, and seal it to prevent further infection.
Since the integrity of the tooth is compromised once the tissue is removed, it is recommended to have a dental crown placed after root canal therapy to strengthen the tooth and support a more stable bite.
A root canal is a conservative treatment that allows you to keep your natural tooth structure which is preferable to the alternative – tooth extraction.
If you are feeling tooth pain, don’t let it wait. Contact our Baltimore dentist office for an appointment. Dr. Patel performs root canals in our office, where you’ll find a gentle touch and quality care.
Root Canal FAQs
Is a root canal painful?
No. The pain you are anticipating is nothing but an urban myth. Today’s root canal procedures are quick and relatively painless with the use of local anesthesia. You will leave our dentist office feeling much better than when you came in.
What are alternative root canal treatment options?
There are only a few options you can take other than getting a root canal. You can get the tooth completely removed, or wait for the tooth to naturally die and fall out. We do not recommend either of these options since saving your tooth with a root canal procedure is best for your long-term oral health.
What can I expect after a root canal?
After your root canal treatment, you may have some tenderness or mild discomfort for a couple of days. Be careful when biting down and avoid eating hard-to-chew foods for some days. You can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, like ibuprofen, to relieve residual pain and discomfort.
Schedule a Dental Exam with Our Dentists in Baltimore, MD
Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry offers root canals in our Owings Mills, MD, and Baltimore, MD dentist office. Call 410.697.6290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or request an appointment online. Let us help you find relief from your painful tooth infection.