No one looks forward to having root canal therapy, but as performed at Spectrum Dental it is nothing to be nervous about either. Our Baltimore general dentist
will keep you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. In fact, many patients say they feel little or no pain at all from root canal therapy. Put your confidence in Dr. Katherine Grant Collier and Dr. Tamara M. Dulan. Modern techniques make the entire process smooth and more easily manageable.
There are several things that could cause need for root canal therapy, but the most common is an infection caused by either a decayed tooth, a deep filling, or a tooth that is chipped or cracked. Facial trauma can cause root canal problems, also, but this is not nearly as common. It is possible to feel no pain and still need root canal therapy, but typically you will notice pain and it is usually severe, mostly when you apply pressure to it or try to chew. Sensitivity to very hot or very cold temperatures might also be experienced. Other possible signs include tender gums or tooth discoloration. If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should call us right away to schedule an appointment with our Baltimore general dentist
. Those signs could point to a root canal problem or possibly a different problem, but they should be addressed either way.
So what about the procedure itself? It usually takes one or more visits to complete. To get started, you will receive a local anesthetic and once you are numb then our Baltimore general dentist
will drill the top of the effected tooth. The nerve and the injured pulp and any debris will be cleaned out. The area will then be sealed. If more than one session is needed, you will receive a temporary crown between treatments to protect the tooth in the meantime. A permanent crown will be measured for, created, and fitted after the root canal therapy is completed.
Moving forward, while root canal problems cannot be 100% prevented, maintaining a strong at home regimen of brushing, flossing, and dental rinsing can help. In addition, regular dental exams with our Baltimore general dentist
- ideally twice per year- including x-rays and a full dental cleaning will give you the best chance to avoid further root canal problems.
Root Canal Therapy Baltimore
200 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
By Spectrum Dental
October 24, 2013