No one looks forward to having a root canal, but there really is no reason to have anxiety about it. At Quest Dental, we want you to know that root canal therapy is the solution for the pain that you are already experiencing, not a cause of pain itself. Thanks to the advancements in root canal techniques, our root canal in Baltimore will be as smooth and comfortable as possible. Many patients report little or even no pain as part of the procedure.
In most instances, root canal is the best and often only way to save your natural tooth rather than to have it extracted. And when you consider that an extracted tooth leaves you with an empty space in your mouth, the possibility of shifting teeth, and a misaligned bite, it’s easy to see that our root canal in Baltimore is the ideal solution. Sure, you can get a dental implant or bridge, but that’s more money and time in the dental chair for you. And no artificial tooth can ever truly replace your natural one.
The process generally will require two to three visits. Before starting our root canal in Baltimore, you will receive a local anesthetic to make certain that you are properly numbed ahead of time. Our dentist will drill from the top of the tooth to gain access to the injured pulp that is the cause of your pain. The pulp, root, and any debris will be removed. The area will then be cleaned and sealed. Between sessions, you will have a temporary crown put on top to protect the tooth from contamination. When the work is completed, you will be measured for a permanent crown to supplement the remaining tooth.
The most common causes of needing our root canal in Baltimore are a decayed tooth, deep filling, a chip, or a crack. This allows bacteria to gain access to your tooth’s pulp and cause an infection. You will likely feel pain, usually severe, when you try to chew with the tooth or apply pressure to it. The tooth may also be sensitive to hot or cold beverages. Tender gums or tooth discoloration are other possible signs. When you notice any of these indications, call us right away and we’ll schedule you to be examined for a possible root canal.