Are Root Canals Painful?

Do you have tooth pain due to a dental infection but aren’t looking forward to your dental treatment? Many patients may think that root canal treatment is painful. However, we make sure to create a comfortable environment for our patients and use the latest dental tools to remove an infection from their smiles. Root canals also help relieve pain caused by cavities and tooth decay. Discover more about how we provide comfortable root canal treatment for patients in Annapolis, MD. We also welcome patients to ask about the root canal process and their specific needs for treatment. Our team collaborates with patients on an individual level to provide the best care catered to their needs.

Root Canal Treatment in Annapolis, Maryland

What Are Common Signs of a Dental Infection?

There are several symptoms of infections, including:

  • Tooth sensitivity and pain
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Gum sores
  • Loose teeth

Treating these symptoms as soon as possible can help prevent tooth wear and loss. As infections spread, they can affect other teeth and parts of the mouth. Patients who do not receive treatment soon can lose their natural teeth.

Root Canals in Annapolis, MD

We take digital x-rays before treatment to view the problem teeth. Using x-rays, we can also see within each tooth and determine if the dental pulp is affected by decay. Then, we plan treatment according to the patient’s specific needs. We use local anesthesia to ensure that patients feel relaxed and comfortable during a root canal. Once we numb the tooth, we make a small opening in the tooth to remove the dental pulp. After we remove all the infected pulp, we clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Then, we apply a dental filling. A dental filling is made of biocompatible material that seals the tooth and keeps the tooth’s structure intact.

Sometimes, we will recommend a dental crown for patients who have particularly worn or weakened teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that fully covers single teeth. Crowns look like natural teeth and also provide durability and strength to teeth. Additionally, dental crowns create a more balanced and even bite, particularly if patients have worn enamel.

Do you have severe tooth pain? Are you noticing changes in your teeth and gums? Even if you do not need a root canal, you most likely need dental care from a professional. Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Vernon Sheen on our website. You can also call our office at (443) 482-5202.