When tooth decay or damage is so severe that it extends through the outer enamel and dentine layers of a tooth into the inner pulp layer, a root canal may be your best solution to eliminate pain and prevent further damage.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal, your dentist will drill an access hole in the tooth and remove the tooth pulp and decayed nerve tissue. Then, using a series of root canal files, your dentists will place these files into the access hole and work down the full length of the tooth to scrape and scrub the sides of the root canals. Next, the inner portion of the tooth is filled and sealed using a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, a filling is placed to cover the exterior hole.
Because of the damage to the tooth, a dental crown may be required to protect the tooth from further damage.
In the end, a root canal helps alleviate pain while preserving your existing teeth and smile!
Who needs a Root Canal?
As we have already mentioned, a root canal may be needed when a tooth decay or damage is severe. But how do you know? Well, there are several warning signs you may need a root canal, including:
- Severe pain when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling of the gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience.
Annapolis Dental Care: Root Canals Annapolis
When you choose Annapolis Dental Care, you choose a dentist and a staff that cares about their patients. Dr. Steckler’s philosophy is to give patients individualized attention and to make their experiences as comfortable as possible. At Annapolis Dental Care, we see one patient at a time and focus on total patient comfort. So why would you go anywhere else?
Contact us if you have a persistent toothache, sensitivity, or tenderness that normal fillings have not corrected, and we’ll walk you through the procedures available to you. You can rest assured that you will receive the finest, personalized, attention you deserve.
If you have any questions about Root Canals Annapolis, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today! You can also follow Annapolis Dental Care on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.