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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

When you have an infected tooth the two choices are to extract the tooth or to save it.  At Endres Dental Care in Burtonsville, MD, we always prefer to save a natural tooth when possible and root canal therapy is a time-tested procedure with a high success rate for saving infected teeth.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal treatment is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is damaged. A tooth nerve can be damaged by many things including a large cavity, a crack, trauma, previous dental work, or even clenching and grinding habits. Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • A toothache that won’t go away
  • Sensitivity to cold drinks or sweets
  • An abscess on the gums around a tooth
  • Swelling or tender lymph nodes 

Ultimately, a root canal treatment saves a tooth by cleaning out the infection before it spreads and becomes more serious.

 

Does a root canal hurt?

At our practice, NO, root canals do not hurt. Root canals have a scary reputation because decades ago the novocaine was the only anesthetic available and it was not very good at numbing a tooth. Today we use modern anesthetics like articaine/septocaine, which are extremely effective. At Endres Dental Care we highly value gentle dental care. We combine the strongest anesthetics with our special techniques and we make sure you don’t feel a thing during a root canal. 

Our patients have told us many horror stories of how other dentists continued to work on them when they were in pain. We PROMISE you that we will never keep working if you are in pain. We also understand that some people will always be afraid of the experience and that’s ok. We have techniques tailored to every individual, just read more about our different sedation options HERE(LINK).

 

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure to save a damaged tooth. The treatment always begins with complete numbing. All of our doctors use the same painless anesthetic technique and from this point on the tooth will feel nothing. Once the tooth is numb, an opening is made into the tooth and the infection is cleaned out with disinfecting solution to kill all of the bacteria. Once the inside of the tooth is completely sterilized, the nerve space is sealed to prevent future infection. Most of the time, your dentist will cover the tooth with a crown after the root canal to keep it strong and prevent future fractures.

 

What happens after my root canal treatment?

After a root canal treatment you can head home and resume normal life. We will provide you with post-op instructions but they are fairly simple and shouldn’t interfere with work or other activities. It is common for a tooth to experience mild tenderness for 1-2 days as the tooth recovers from the infection and for this reason we always recommend taking ibuprofen and Tylenol together for the first 48 hours but you won’t need anything stronger at all. Most people have no problems at all, but if anything ever feels abnormal our doctors are always available by cell phone to answer any questions.

 

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