Root Canal Treatment

Experience relief and preserve your natural teeth with our expert root canal treatment services. Our dental clinic specializes in root canal therapy, a procedure that can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed. We are committed to providing a comfortable and pain-free experience while restoring the health of your teeth.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure aimed at treating the infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s often required when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected due to decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

The Root Canal Procedure

Our root canal procedure involves several steps that take place over a few visits to our clinic:

  1. Diagnosis: Using X-rays and a thorough examination, we determine if a root canal is necessary.
  2. Anesthesia: The area around the tooth is numbed with local anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.
  3. Pulpectomy: An opening is made, and the infected tooth pulp is removed.
  4. Filling: The roots that have been opened (to remove the diseased pulp) are filled with special, medicated dental materials, which restore the tooth to full function.
  5. Sealing and Restoration: The opening in the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling while the tooth heals. You will then need a follow-up appointment to fit a crown or perform other restorations to fully restore the tooth.


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A detailed 3D cross-section illustration of a tooth showing its internal structure. The image highlights the enamel (blue), dentin (peach), pulp (red), and root canals with nerves and blood vessels (colorful lines). The tooth is set within the gum tissue, demonstrating the anatomical layers and components of a tooth.
  • Why would someone need a root canal?

    Root canal therapy is recommended when there is an infection deep within the tooth. The following are common reasons for needing a root canal:

    • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
    • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures
    • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
    • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
    • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
  • What are the benefits of a root canal?

    • Pain Relief: Eliminates the pain caused by tooth decay or infection.
    • Saves Your Tooth: Allows you to keep your natural tooth and avoid dental implants or bridges.
    • Prevents Spread of Infection: Stops the infection from spreading to other teeth or your jawbone.
    • Improves Oral and Overall Health: Treating the infection can improve not only your oral health but your overall health.
  • Is a root canal procedure painful?

    Many people fear root canals because they assume they are painful. However, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly the painful period, not the root canal procedure itself.

  • What are alternatives to root canal treatment?

    Many people wonder if there are other options besides root canal therapy. However, root canal treatment is often the last resort for repairing a damaged tooth. If you decide not to proceed with a root canal, your remaining choices are to have the tooth extracted or wait until the pain becomes unbearable, at which point the tooth will need to be removed. Unfortunately, both of these alternatives come with risks, such as the infection spreading deeper into your face or teeth. Therefore, it’s best to opt for a root canal to prevent further complications.

    If you opt to have your tooth extracted, there’s still the concern of replacing it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the extra space in your bite can throw off the alignment of your surrounding teeth. Two of the more common replacement options include a dental bridge or implant.

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Don't let tooth pain disrupt your life any longer. Schedule a consultation with us today to see if root canal treatment is right for you. Our skilled dental team is ready to provide you with high-quality care and restore your smile and comfort. Contact us today to make an appointment.

Endres Dental Care

3905 National Dr #170
Burtonsville, MD 20866
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