Root Canal Treatment in Cloverly & Silver Spring, Maryland


Smiling Black Woman Root CanalWhen you have a damaged nerve within the roots of a tooth, the pain can be unbearable. In the past, the only course of action would have been to get the entire tooth removed. Fortunately, we now have ability to perform a root canal treatment that will eliminate the damaged tissue within the root of your tooth and allow you to keep your original tooth. Despite the horror stories that we have all heard, root canals are not painful when the proper amount of local anesthetic is used, so there is nothing to worry about.


What is a Root Canal Treatment?


Within every tooth is a pulp that supplies nutrients and nerves to the tooth. This pulp perishes in the event that the pulp is diseased or injured. If a root canal is not performed quickly your tooth will then become infected and you could risk losing it. Silver Spring root canal therapy will salvage the damaged pulp in the root canal. The dentist will extract the diseased pulp, reshape the canal, seal it for protection, and strengthen your tooth by fitting a crown.


Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?


Not treating a diseased or injured nerve will cause the infection to spread, as your tooth can not heal on its own. Pus develops at the root tip in the jawbone when not treated and forms a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth. The bone surrounding your tooth will breakdown and your tooth may loosen until it falls out. Pain typically increases and can be rather unbearable.


What Causes Pulp Nerve Damage?


Trauma and physical irritation are the two most common causes of pulp nerve damage. Sensitive nerve tissue within the tooth can be damaged by trauma to a tooth. Physical irritation stems from the spreading of tooth decay to the nerve. The result is decay and infection as destructive bacteria comes into contact with the nerve.


What are the Symptoms of Pulp Nerve Damage?


There are several symptoms of pulp nerve damage. The symptoms of damage to pulp nerves can be very similar to the symptoms of other dental problems. Therefore, it is important to schedule an appointment with our office to determine the precise problem. The symptoms include a swollen face, heightened sensitivity in your teeth when consuming hot and cold drinks, pain in your tooth brought on by chewing and biting. It may be worth noting that the severity of the symptoms can vary significantly from person to person.


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What is the Root Canal Process?


Silver Spring Root canal treatment can require up to three visits to complete. The steps for completing a root canal are as follows:


  • An opening is created through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  • The dental pulp is removed.
  • The root canal(s) is cleaned, enlarged, and shaped in order to be filled.
  • Medications may be inserted into the pulp chamber and root canal(s) so as to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent further infection.
  • Best dentist in Cloverly & Silver Spring may decide to drain the tooth by leaving the tooth uncovered for a couple of days.
  • The pulp chamber and root canals are filled and sealed.
  • The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
  • A gold or porcelain crown is placed over the tooth.
  • The crown of the tooth is then restored.


Will I Feel Any Pain During My Root Canal Treatment?


Silver Spring dentist will numb the tooth using local anesthesia just before starting the root canal treatment. With the numbing, you will not feel an pain as you undergo treatment. In the unlikely event you do start to feel pain during the treatment, be sure to notify us as quickly as possible so that more of the local anesthesia can be applied.


Will I Feel Any Pain After the Treatment?


The pain patients will experience after treatment and the duration of the pain will vary person to person. It is possible to feel pain last for up to a week, but we typically see soreness for the first two days of recovery only. This pain can normally be controlled by painkillers that can be purchased over the counter from a supermarket or a pharmacy.


How Long will the Restored Tooth Last?


With proper oral hygiene and regular check ups, it is possible for the restored tooth to last a lifetime after a root canal.


What is the Cost of a Root Canal Procedure?


The cost of a root canal can range from $750 to $1500 depending on severity and the time your tooth takes to be repaired. Fortunately, most dental insurance plans will cover all, and if not, most of the cost of the procedure. If you do not have a dental plan, a payment plan can be arranged to fit your needs.


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